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Public Comments Now Being Accepted on City’s Proposed Open Data Policy

Comments Accepted through Friday, October 28

As part of Naperville’s involvement in the What Works Cities initiative and continued commitment to enhancing government transparency, the City has drafted an open data policy to guide its release of public data in the future. The City encourages the public to review the policy and provide comments on the document at https://documents.mymadison.io/docs/napervilleopendatapolicy by Friday, October 28. 

“Open data and transparency build community trust and engage our residents on a whole new level,” City Manager Doug Krieger said. “We look forward to finding out what solutions can be discovered through the use of our data.”

The proposed open data policy addresses the parameters, governance, methodology and reporting structures of Naperville’s open data program. The goal of this program is to make the City’s data easily available to the public to help improve service delivery; increase transparency and access to public information; and enhance coordination and efficiency among departments, partner organizations, and residents. In many other cities, the public has been able to examine and use this data to suggest creative solutions to issues that a local government may be facing.

This effort is a milestone of the City’s continued partnership with What Works Cities, an initiative that works with governments to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. What Works Cities collaborates with participating municipalities to review their current use of data and evidence, understand where they are utilizing best practices and identify areas for growth. The City worked with experts from the Sunlight Foundation and OpenGov Foundation to craft the policy.

The proposed policy is being hosted on Madison, a free, open source tool that opens up laws and legislation to individuals and the online community. The platform allows you to leave comments, annotate specific content and interact with other participants on a host of legislation, including the City’s draft open data policy.

For more information on the City of Naperville, visit www.naperville.il.us.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.