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Facilitator: Jeff Schuler

Three major takeaways:

  1. Publishing data in bulk, machine-readable, and open formats provides the most accessible and cost-effective framework for sharing public data with the public — by allowing third parties to leverage that data to create applications based on market forces, interest and need.
  2. Most County data does not currently meet Open Data criteria, but the IT Department is receptive to the principles outlined and the potential of implementing.
  3. An advisory group to the County Executive’s office could help make Open Data a priority for the County IT Department and to set priorities.

Next Steps

  1. Form a Google Group (mailing list) to continue the conversation among participants from this breakout and the Web & Mobile Apps pilot project.
  2. Plan a committee to act as advisers on Open Data to Cuyahoga County.
  3. [See Mobile and Web Apps pilot project.]

Important Dates
See Mobile and Web Apps pilot project.


  • Open Data: That certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions.
  • Machine-readability: That data should be published in structured formats easily processed by machines/software.
  • Open Standards: That data should be published in standard, non-proprietary formats readable by applications that are available publicly and at no cost.
  • Scraping: Programmatically extracting data from unstructured or semi-structured formats, (such as HTML,) for translating into more structured formats or for other specific uses.



One Response to Breakout | Open Data: Resources and Possibilities for Implementation

  1. Jeff Schuler says:

    This conversation is continuing via an email list and face-to-face meetings.

    Please join us at

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