Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

How Maryland's Open Data Could Become More Open

Data set of toll transactions in Maryland via data.maryland.gov
Credit data.maryland.gov
Sheilah Kast talks with Senator Bill Ferguson about open data.

What can Maryland do to make the data it collects more accessible to you? How could you use it? We talk with State Senator Bill Ferguson about creating a new Open Data Policy for Maryland.

Maryland’s state government creates massive amounts of data; everything from the number of violent crimes to the number of tolls paid on state roads. Those numbers are available at the state's open data portal, data.Maryland.gov.

But, there's a lot of data the state generates that you don’t have access to. Maryland ranked 46th among the states for public access to information, according to the State Integrity Investigation. It’s a nonprofit collaborative that looked at corruption, transparency, and openness in all 50 states governments last year.

State Senator Bill Ferguson, a first-term Democrat representing southeast Baltimore City, has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would create a new state Open Data Policy; it  might allow more public access to state data. He joins Sheilah Kast in the studio to talk about it.