Urban Omnibus gives a rundown of the proposal and how it could improve communications between city departments.
"On Monday June 21st New York City Council Committee on Technology held a hearing on the bill Int. 029-2010: Open Data Standards. The bill would make available all ‘public data sets' with the goal of increasing transparency, facilitating connections between the public and government and assisting small business and technology startups. Council members Gale Brewer and Daniel Garodnick led the hearing. Representatives from the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), including DoITT commissioner Carole Post, and various other private and public groups testified in support of the bill.
With over ninety city agencies producing data, much of the discussion focused on the best platforms for identifying data and ensuring it is made available, and kept updated, on an aggressive timeframe."