San Francisco announces initiative to create Chief Data Officer

From The Next Web:

San Francisco’s government has just announced a major new partnership designed to help further the growth of an open government.  Mayor Ed Lee and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu shared news that they would be presenting the Open Data legislation to the city’s board later this week. This bill would create the role of the city’s Chief Data Officer to help supervise the city’s efforts to continue to make as much of the city’s data available for citizens to integrate into various applications.

The Chief Data Officer is a brand new role in the city, but will manage over 200 public data sets for 60 departments and will be tasked with finding more sets to share with the public.