Many municipalities and regions have open data to share but need an institution to manage or coordinate a centralized data collection.
Why the library?
Libraries are trusted stewards of information and library workers have considerable expertise in managing data and protecting privacy.
Libraries are leading many digital inclusion and data literacy efforts in their communities.
As the priorities of elected officials change, having a third-party entity like a library host data from government organizations and other partners can also help to sustain community data initiatives.
What you can do:
Publish available non-sensitive public information (ex. Census data) about your community
Build a prototype program using cloud-based data storage services like Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive to host data