A 2010 bill that established the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center didn’t exactly grab a lot of headlines at the time.
But the story behind its passage is captured in a new video that also announces that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has won an award for pushing it through the General Assembly.
O’Malley’s efforts at using data to drive government policy have been recognized before. As mayor of Baltimore, he developed CitiStat, which tracked numerous statistics related to the performance of city agencies. A similar program has been developed at the state level.
According to the Data Quality Campaign, its video tells “the story of his inspirational and impactful leadership to establish a statewide vision to build and use data systems while protecting privacy.”
Among those who also appear with the governor: John Ratliff, O’Malley’s policy director; University System of Maryland Chancellor William “Brit” Kirwan; and Del. Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery).