Texas to launch data-sharing pilot, aims to deliver services more efficiently

Texas plans to launch an open-data pilot program that will let state agencies share information and collaborate on providing services to residents. 

Although the trial program, set to start in March, is just a test, a key Texas IT official hopes it will turn into a full-fledged program to deliver services more efficiently. The goal of the pilot is to spark connections between agencies.

That is especially needed in Texas, according to Ed Kelly, the statewide data coordinator at the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). 

In an interview with StateTech, Kelly noted that Texas has a decentralized government model without cabinet agencies, and that state agencies have a great deal of autonomy and are usually run by boards, some of which are elected (like the Railroad Commission). Continue…