Members Sought for Cambridge's Open Data Review Board

Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking to fill vacancies on Cambridge’s Open Data Review Board and is looking for representatives from public, private, academic, or nonprofit sectors with expertise in or relevant experience with Open Data.

The city’s Open Data Program makes government data easily available in useful formats, and is intended to increase transparency, foster engagement among residents, and create new opportunities for collaboration between Cambridge and the public.

The Review Board, comprised of at least three residents and four or more city employees, will meet quarterly to help ensure that the program balances its goals of transparency and accessibility with the city’s obligation to protect private, confidential, and sensitive information. It is a City of Cambridge goal to expand and deepen community engagement with a focus on strengthening the diversity and inclusion of its various boards and commissions.   

The Board will make recommendations to the City Manager and Data Analytics & Open Data Program Manager on policies, rules, and standards related to Cambridge’s Open Data Program, including methods for determining the appropriate level of accessibility for new datasets and timelines for making new datasets available. Specifically, the Review Board will help answer the following questions:

  • What privacy and security standards should Cambridge adopt as it assesses potential open datasets?
  • What data quality and standards should be in place to ensure the accuracy of its own open datasets in order to improve city operations?
  • How might Cambridge align open data initiatives with the city's other strategic initiatives?
  • How should Cambridge engage and educate the broader community— including residents, businesses, and research institutions—to maximize use of the city's open data?
  • How might Cambridge partner with other municipalities, government entities, and institutions in the open data space?
  • How should Cambridge market the open data program internally to improve participation among city departments?

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, December 13, 2021. Applications can be submitted to City Manager Louis A. DePasquale using the City’s online application system at A cover letter and resume or applicable experience can be submitted during the online application process. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue.

For more information about this board, contact Josh Wolff, Data Analytics & Open Data Program Manager,

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