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November 27, 2018

For the first time, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has a detailed plan guiding its work as a regional leader in data for the upcoming years.

The recently adopted Regional Data Agenda is a product of MORPC’s Regional Data Advisory Committee (RDAC), which evaluates and advises MORPC on matters of regional importance pertaining to data. RDAC members include experts representing the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

With a mission of advancing data policies and strategic actions to increase access to open data in Central Ohio, RDAC members have spent a great portion of their time during the past year formulating the Regional Data Agenda – with the plan of advancing the region as a leader in the use of data to enhance the work of the public sector.

“As technology changes at an ever-increasing rate, data becomes more and more relevant to the quality of life that Central Ohio residents enjoy. Having appropriate goals and policies in place that support the innovative, effective, and responsible use and creation of data resources is of the utmost importance. MORPC’s data agenda not only sets bold regional data aspirations, but it guides the day-to-day work of our staff and members.”
MORPC Regional Data & Mapping Director Aaron Schill

The data agenda consists of five overarching goals, along with objectives to bring them to fruition and action items that can be implemented to achieve them.

The Regional Data Agenda goals are:

  • In its role as a convener and facilitator, MORPC will FOSTER COLLABORATION among local governments, partners, and stakeholders to enhance the use of data in Central Ohio.
  • MORPC will support and provide opportunities for data CAPACITY BUILDING & EDUCATION that increase both the human and technological capabilities of the region.
  • MORPC will promote good data GOVERNANCE & PRACTICES that protect local governments and their residents, and adapt to the evolving data and technology landscape.
  • MORPC will continually innovate in its role as a data creator, user, and provider through ongoing DATA PROCUREMENT AND DEVELOPMENT.
  • MORPC will serve as a model for DATA ACCESS, INCLUSIVITY, & EQUITY, ensuring the benefits and opportunities data can create are extended to all Central Ohio residents (this goal has its own objectives, but also spans Goals 1-4, ensuring that access, inclusivity, and equity are ubiquitous in those goals as well).

The entire Regional Data Agenda can be viewed here. It was adopted by the commission during its October meeting and will be updated every two years to reflect progress toward the objectives and changing needs.

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