Building public data principles
The City of Boston often collects information, or data, about many things. These include air quality, road conditions, and how many people use public spaces.
When collecting this kind of data about the City, we do not try to identify specific people. We also don't gather sensitive information about you. We collect data so that we can make the City work better for you. We call this kind of information “public data."
Why we did this
We care about how public data is collected, handled, and stored. These practices directly affect privacy and security for not just the City, but also for its residents. We want to ensure that when any of this kind of data is collected, it is used to make life better. Our goal is to create a more livable, stronger, and sustainable city. At the same time, we are committed to:
- protecting your privacy
- keeping your information safe and secure, and
- ensuring no more data is collected than is needed.
We Want Your Input
We've worked with students enrolled in the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic to learn from the experiences of other cities. These range from Chicago to New York and Toronto. These are some of the principles we've identified as key to successful and equitable open data initiatives. They were formulated to complement Boston’s values and enacted policies, such as Resilient Boston and Boston’s Open Data Policy.
We want to craft a set of principles that can guide our data collection and management infrastructure.
Do you think these principles can get us there? Are we missing something important? Please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.