Our first report, Data as a Public Good, assesses data requirements from over 20 civic and social organizations in the San Diego region and documents specific needs for municipal data. The report highlights the datasets that city governments control that would be most useful to the public if they were easily available. The report also discusses limits to access and makes recommendations about how San Diego regional governments can release data without imposing a high cost burden on departments.

Government is a cornerstone of any successful community data program. Governments produce and control some of the most valuable data, and they can either be powerful advocates for public use of data, or the most significant obstacles. Please see the report, Data as a Public Good for our analysis and recommendations for how local governments can drive community development through open data.