Amended Version of California Open Data Bill (SB1002) RELEASED!

Thank you for participating in the review of the original draft version of SB1002. Your efforts, combined with the comments from technologists across California have enabled Senator Leland Yee to refine the technical language in what we hope will become California's first Open Data Law. Together, we have made our collective voices heard. There is growing support and momentum for SB1002 and SF Tech Dems is at the forefront of making this happen. 

However, it is not certain that the Bill will be approved, or even allowed for consideration on the Senate floor. We must continue to work together and speak with one voice if we are to prevail. We still have much work to do.

In my discussions with the various groups who have reviewed the bill over the last several weeks, it has become apparent we will receive substantial opposition from the local cities and counties which are now included in this bill. As you may recall, the original version only applied to state government, however as a result of your feedback this newly released version now covers both state and local governments. Ensuring common rules and practices applied to all agencies across the state was expressed by many members as an important factor to drive innovation and transparency. 

We must stay focused on this key, threshold issue. There are many details of the bill that are very important and we will address these as well. But, at this moment, none is as important -- or significant -- as the local provision. 

This amended version is the product of your collective efforts. In the coming weeks, SF Tech Dems will be initiating a support drive to numerous other organizations and individuals to build the necessary support and show the legislature that our technology community is united behind this bill.  Shown below this message is the amended version for your review. Please take a look at it, admire it, and distribute it to your friends. Now we need their support and YOURS! This issue is front and center because all of us are working together on many fronts -- advocacy, media, advertising, and grassroots efforts.

We will have a member event toward the end of March to update you and have Senator Yee discuss the latest events surrounding SB1002 and our advocacy efforts. I hope each of you will join us. 

Again, thank you for all of your efforts. I can’t say this strongly enough; we must speak loudly and we need for your voices to continue to be heard. Together, with one voice, we can create a better future for San Francisco, and California.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or wish to provide additional feedback on the current version.


David Cruise
Vice President
SF Tech Dems

Twitter: @DavidCruiseSF

Chapter 3.6 California Open Data Standard

6278. (a) Whenever a state or local agency is required by law to make data or a document available to the public, the data or document shall be provided in an open format.

(b) Whenever a state or local agency is required by law to make data or a document available on the Internet, the data or document shall be posted in an open format.

(c) For purposes of this chapter, "open format" means:

(1) The data or document can be located and downloaded by open-source software or public Internet applications that are available for free, or both.

(2) The data or the text in the document is machine readable and can be searched, indexed, organized, categorized, and is otherwise automatically processable.

(3) The data or document is available without restrictions that would impede the use of the information.

(4) The data or document maintains the integrity of databases and all associated relationships or mappings between data or content.

(5) The data or document provides data granularity, definitions, and structured formats in the original quality available to the state or local agency.

(d) For purposes of this chapter, "open-source software" means computer software that is provided under a free software license that permits users to study, change, improve, and distribute the software.

(e) This section shall not be construed to require a state or local agency to convert data or a document into an open format.

6278.1. (a) Whenever a state or local agency updates its software or hardware used in the preparation or dissemination of documents or data, the agency shall do so with software or hardware that allows it to satisfy the requirements of this chapter.

(b) This section shall not be construed as a mandate on a state or local agency to update its software or hardware.

SEC. 3. If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code. 

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