PTI recently polled our members asking if they had already created or were considering creating the position of Chief Data Officer. Most job descriptions for this position states that a Chief Data Officer develops and manages a strategy or system that creates a high-level of openness and supports a commitment of tranparency, public participation, collaboration, and government performance that increases the public's confidence.
Poll responses were quite informative. Los Angeles County, California has the position of Chief Data Officer and this position reports to the County Chief Information Officer (CIO). Kansas City, Missouri also has this position and the Data Officer reports to the Performance Manager.
In Riverside County, California, the Chief Data Officer is located within the Information Technology Department. In Chicago, the Chief Data Officer is located in the Department of Innovation and Technology.
The cities of Baltimore, Maryland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, San Francisco, California and Los Angeles, California have all created the position of Chief Data Officer.
Two jurisdictions - Charlotte, North Carolina and Santa Monica, California - are considering creating the position of Chief Data Officer within the next two years. In both cases, the position/department driving this decision is the CIO.
The whole "Data" (Open Data/Big Data) conversation is something that PTI is very interested in. We will continue to investigate how data is utilized by local governments and what leading practices are in use. Stay tuned for PTI webinars, conference sessions and surveys regarding this emerging issue.