Setting clear deadlines can demonstrate the strength of a commitment and will help translate commitments into results. Deadlines can also help identify failures clearly, opening the door to public oversight. Relevant actors should be given enough time to prepare for the changes brought on by the new open data policy, but not so much time that the policy becomes inoperable. The timeline should be firm, provide motivation for action and have actionable goals and benchmarks that can be used as a metric for compliance. These goals or checkpoints can include qualitative and quantitative measurements.
- Montgomery County: 2014 Dataset Publishing Plan
- New York City: 2014 Updated Open Data Plan
- New York City: 2013 Open Data Plan
- New York City: Open Data Dashboard
- Philadelphia: Open Data Pipeline