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The City of New York passed its first Open Data Law in 2012, requiring each City agency to identify and ultimately publish its digital public data to a shared public repository: NYC Open Data.

As of 2022, NYC Open Data contains thousands of free datasets from City agencies, and is managed by the Open Data Team at the Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI). The Open Data Team works with City agencies to make data available, coordinate platform operations and improvements, and promote the use of this public resource both within government and in the broader community.

Each City agency also has an Open Data Coordinator, who serves as the main point of contact for the Open Data team and the public, and works to identify, document, structure, manage, and share their agency’s public datasets.