CHICAGO – September 18, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today signed a new executive order to further increase transparency and accountability in government by establishing a new state Open Operating Standard. The order encourages state agencies and local governments across Illinois to increase the amount of raw data they share with each other, businesses, academic institutions and the general public.
"Increasing access to the information collected by the State of Illinois will lead to better government and more informed citizens," Governor Quinn said. "This executive order will make more data available to the public and further empower the people of Illinois to make a difference, while also spurring economic development by encouraging software developers to create innovative and useful applications for this data."
The State of Illinois Open Data site, Data.Illinois.Gov, is a searchable clearinghouse of information from state agencies that is helping inform residents about the operation of state government and encouraging the creative use of state information, including the development of applications for mobile devices that can be built around the data. This site, which the Governor launched in June 2011, now contains more than 6,400 data sets.
"In signing this executive order to adopt an open operating standard, Governor Quinn is strengthening Illinois' role as a national leader in open data, citizen engagement and transparency," said Sean Vinck, State Chief Information Officer.
Today’s order also encourages any unit of local government to adopt this Open Operating Standard.
This is another initiative of the Illinois Innovation Council, created by Governor Quinn in February 2011, to promote economic development through innovation and the engagement of citizens, developers, academia and industry. For more information, please visit www.illinoisinnovation.com.
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