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Chair: David A. Garcia, Secretary of Information Technology.

Vice-Chair: Kevin Conroy, Director, Governor's StateStat Office

Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: Matthew S. Felton; Sharon Paley; Elliott R. Plack; Harash N. (Sonny) Segal; Robert D. Wray. Terms expire 2017.

William E. Dollins III; Allison J. Druin, Ph.D.; John E. (Bud) Gudmundson; Linda M. Loubert. Ph.D.; Michael S. Scott, Ph.D. Terms expire 2018.

Appointed by Senate President: Bill Ferguson

Appointed by House Speaker: Bonnie L. Cullison

Ex officio: Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture; David R. Brinkley, Secretary of Budget & Management; R. Michael Gill, Secretary of Business & Economic Development; Lillian M. Lowery, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Schools; Benjamin H. Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment; C. Gail Bassette, Secretary of General Services; Van T. Mitchell, Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; Kenneth C. Holt, Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Samir Malhotra, Secretary of Human Resources; Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of Labor, Licensing & Regulation; Mark J. Belton, Secretary of Natural Resources; David R. Craig, Secretary of Planning; Stephen T. Moyer, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Col. William M. Pallozzi, Secretary of State Police; Peter K. Rahn, Secretary of Transportation; Maj. Gen. (MD) Linda L. Singh, Adjutant General; Christopher B. Shank, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention; Thomas E. (Tim) Hutchins, Governor's Homeland Security Advisor; Karl S. Aro, Executive Director, Dept. of Legislative Services; Timothy D. Baker, Acting State Archivist; Owen C. Charles, Acting Director of Assessments & Taxation; Clay B. Stamp, Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency; Kevin G. Seaman, M.D., Executive Director, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.

Staff: Barney Krucoff

c/o Dept. of Information Technology
45 Calvert St., Annapolis, MD 21401 - 1907
(443) 370-3008

Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Jan. 10.

In June 2014, the Council on Open Data was created (Chapter 69, Acts of 2014). The Council is to promote the State policy on open data: that open data be machine readable and released to the public in ways that make it easy to find, access, and use.

Open data is that data collected by a State agency that is either required, allowed, or possible to be made available to the public without violating any law; hindering government operations; endangering public health, safety, or welfare; imposing any undue burden on the releasing agency; or disclosing confidential or proprietary information.

Guidance and policy recommendations for promoting the State's open data policy will be provided by the Council, which may recommend legislation and regulations as well. With staff from across State government, the Council will work to develop, maintain, and use open data and open data portals. Further, the Council will plan on making open data freely available to the public, while advising the Governor and General Assembly on budget matters relating to its costs.

The legislative and judicial branches of State government, as well as Maryland's local governments will be encouraged by the Council to use open data portals created by State agencies, establish their own such portals, and adopt policies consistent with State open data policy.

The Council will advocate for sound records management and data preservation practices. It also will work to ensure that State purchases of data processing systems, devices, and software are compliant and interoperable with State open data policy and current technology.

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