The City's legal corpus is codified and published online by the Municipal Code Corporation and exists presently in a format not in accordance with Open Government Data Principles; and
Non-Profits such as the Open Gov Foundation (www.opengovfoundation.org) have suggested that Municode is willing to package the data for Open Source uses, if the city makes an official request to that effect; and
Having the city's legal corpus available to the public in a more flexible, more searchable, non-proprietary format is in keeping with the philosophy of transparency, accountability, and inclusion espoused by the City of Cambridge; and
Opening the City's legal corpus will represent a promising early step in expanding the open data discussion; now therefore be it
That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the Municipal Code Corporation to prepare data in such a way that it can be utilized by open source developers and, in particular, the Open Government Foundation and other non-profits with the ultimate goal of improving access to the city's legal corpus.