Virginia Open Data Initiative Act; created, report. (SB830)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Open Data Initiative Act. Creates the Virginia Open Data Initiative Act to increase public awareness of and access to the data created by and available from state agencies. The bill provides for appointment by the Governor of a Chief Data Officer to oversee the establishment of procedures, standards, and best practices regarding the appropriate access and presentation of open data and datasets by each agency. The Chief Data Officer shall develop a dataset format standard to be used by all agencies when providing their datasets to the Chief Data Officer or when making their data available on their own websites and shall ensure that, under the standard, the datasets are accessible in a nonproprietary, machine-readable format that is compliant with state and federal law. The bill also provides for the Chief Data Officer to submit by December 31, 2019, a written report to the Governor and the General Assembly consisting of (i) the progress made on the implementation of the provisions of the bill, (ii) the effectiveness in providing open data and datasets to the public and among agencies, and (iii) the feasibility of expanding the open data initiative to the legislative and judicial branches of government. This bill was incorporated into SB 580. Read the Bill »


02/05/2018: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/15/2018Presented and ordered printed 18102965D
01/15/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/25/2018Assigned GL&T sub: #2
01/31/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB830)
02/05/2018Incorporated by General Laws and Technology (SB580-Hanger) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Megan Rhyne writes:

This bill is similar to HB781