Request Data

We realize that there’s a lot of data that isn’t available on the data repository or the Southwestern Pennsylvania Community Profiles Website. We’re always working to add more to these Websites, but want to help you get the data you need.

There are three ways you can request data:

  1. Share your open data wish list: If there’s data you’d like to see on the open data repository, please let us know. We regularly share data wish-lists with our partners, and your suggestions help us develop our outreach and publication priorities. This request does not take the place of a formal Right to Know request.
  2. Request data with help from the Data Center: For years, we’ve responded to ad-hoc requests for information, and are always happy to help you find the data you need from local, state, and national sources. To make a data request, please give us a call to get the ball rolling.
  3. Request data directly from a government agency: Public agencies are required to respond to external data requests through Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law (RTKL) and the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This legislation has been an important tool used by journalists, activists, researchers, and many other people to obtain public information.  There’s a lot to know about the process before making a request under RTKL and FOIA, so we’re assembling a set of resources, and interested in planning set of workshops and training sessions in the future.