Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: Scott Shaffer, 2018; Robert Livermore, 2021; Harash N. (Sonny) Segal, 2021.
Linda M. Loubert, Ph.D., Malinda G. Miles. Terms expire 2022.
Ross Cutts; Cheryl L. Knott; Steven A. Palmer. Terms expire 2025.
Jennifer D. Kinzer; Travis W. Marion. Terms expire 2026.
Appointed by Senate President: one vacancy
Appointed by House Speaker: Bonnie L. Cullison
100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland, July 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Staff: Julia M. Fischer
c/o Office of Secretary, Department of Information Technology
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032
1-877-634-6361 (toll free)
In June 2014, the Council on Open Data was created by the General Assembly (Chapter 69, Acts of 2014; Chapter 8, Acts of 2019; Chapter 11, Acts of 2020; Chapters 287 & 288, Acts of 2021).
The Council promotes the State policy on open data: that open data be machine readable and released to the public in ways that make it easy to find, access, and use.
Open data is that data collected by a State agency that is either required, allowed, or possible to be made available to the public without violating any law; hindering government operations; endangering public health, safety, or welfare; imposing any undue burden on the releasing agency; or disclosing confidential or proprietary information.
Guidance and policy recommendations for promoting the State's open data policy is provided by the Council, which may recommend legislation and regulations as well. With staff from across State government, the Council works to develop, maintain, and use open data and open data portals. Further, the Council plans on making open data freely available to the public, while advising the Governor and General Assembly on budget matters relating to its costs.
The legislative and judicial branches of State government, as well as Maryland's local governments are encouraged by the Council to use open data portals created by State agencies, establish their own such portals, and adopt policies consistent with State open data policy.
The Council advocates for sound records management and data preservation practices. It also works to ensure that State purchases of data processing systems, devices, and software are compliant and interoperable with State open data policy and current technology.
Formerly at 45 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland, the Council moved to 100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland, in July 2016.
The Council consists of 37 members. Of these, ten are appointed by the Governor, one is appointed by the Senate President, and one is appointed by the House Speaker. Twenty-five members serve ex officio. The Secretary of Information Technology chairs the Council, and the Director of the Governor's Office of Performance Improvement serves as Vice-Chair (Code State Government Article, secs. 10-1501 through 10-1504).
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