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Open data programs are destined to not reach their potential if they live as side-of-desk projects:

  • A lack of support from the business can cause open data programs to not get the resources they need in order to be successful.
  • Open data programs that are built without collaboration from the business are often seen as ineffective because they aren’t focusing on the right goals.
  • Open data programs often struggle to track metrics that paint an accurate picture of the benefits they help to realize.

When approached in the correct manner, open data programs have the potential to be economic catalysts for a community:

  • A strong open data program can pave the way for private businesses to start open data initiatives, unlocking economic potential for the community.
  • Open data programs that are built in collaboration with the community can help to empower citizens and create a more collaborative government.
  • By tracking meaningful metrics, you will be better able to make the case for more funding for the open data program.

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Module 1: Define Business Drivers for Open Data Program

The Purpose

Ensure that the open data program is being driven out from the business in order to gain business support.

Key Benefits Achieved

Identify drivers for the open data program that are coming directly from the business.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Understand constraints for the open data program.
1.2 Conduct interviews with the business to gain input on business drivers and level-set expectations.
1.3 Develop list of business drivers for open data.
  • Defined list of business drivers for the open data program

Module 2: Assess Current State and Define Target State of the Open Data Program

The Purpose

Understand the gaps between where your program currently is and where you want it to be.

Key Benefits Achieved

Identify top processes for improvement in order to bring the open data program to the desired target state maturity.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Perform current state maturity assessment.
  • Defined current state maturity
2.2 Define desired target state with business input.
  • Identified target state maturity
2.3 Highlight gaps between current and target state.
  • List of top processes to improve in order to reach target state maturity

Module 3: Develop an Open Data Policy

The Purpose

Develop a draft open data policy that will give you a starting point when building your policy with the community.

Key Benefits Achieved

A draft open data policy will be developed that is based on best-practice standards.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Define the purpose of the open data policy.
3.2 Establish principles for the open data program.
3.3 Develop a rough governance outline.
3.4 Create a draft open data policy document based on industry best-practice examples.
  • Initial draft of open data policy

Module 4: Develop Open Processes and Identify Metrics

The Purpose

Build open data processes and identify metrics for the program in order to track benefits realization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Formalize processes to set in place to improve the maturity of the open data program.
  • Identify metrics that can track the success of the open data program.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Develop the roles that will make up the open data program.
4.2 Create processes for new dataset requests, updates of existing datasets, and the retiring of datasets.
  • Initial draft of open data processes
4.3 Identify metrics that will be used for measuring the success of the open data program.
  • Established metrics for the open data program
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