The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that pushes for greater government openness and transparency, says the city of Louisville, Kentucky is the first in the U.S. to declare open data the "default" for the formatting, storage and availability of its electronic information.
And according to the Foundation, Louisville's initiative is stronger still because it builds on Kentucky's Open Records Act. As a blog post on the Foundation's website puts it: "This combination implies that all information that is legally accessible now will be proactively disclosed online via Louisville’s open data portal (or future successor site)."
The Foundation rightly notes that it is exciting to see more cities adopting open data policies, but also to see them build more breadth and diversity into those policies as Louisville has.
In his speech at the recent Code for America conference, Mayor Greg Fischer talked about his city's trail-blazing move. You can listen in below.