Open Data


Commonly-used principles hold that, open data is a complete set of primary data made easily and permanently available in a timely fashion using electronic, machine readable, open file formats. Cost should not pose a barrier to accessing information, and no unreasonable restrictions should limit accessibility, sharing and re-use.

Here are a number of links to resources and organizations that will help you learn more about open data.

  • Everything you ever wanted to know about open data can be found on the comprehensive Open Data Reading List, maintained by Rebecca Williams and others. There’s a whole lot to like about this list.
  • A number of our friends in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership are working with open data initiatives in their community, and a number of cities recently shared their experience.
  • The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of civic tech, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.
  • U.S. Open Data has been a helpful resource as they foster a number of projects and initiatives designed to boost an open data ecosystem.
  • We’re big fans of DataSF, and have drawn from their work related to metadata, data catalogs, and data licensing among other things. We’re glad they openly share their work.

More to come…