Open Gov


Open Government data is not a product or a deposit as a result of administrative decision making. Open Government data is a process, a different way of thinking about how governments govern and how the public engages in the civic process around them. Open Government practices ensure that administrations conduct their business out in the open, work collaboratively with other governmental entities and that citizens can not only see this process, but modify it, that they can effectively drive the decisions that impact their lives.

The flow of open government data

As a Collaborative, we support the following:

Government data shall be considered open if the data are made public in a way that complies with these principles:

 1.Data Must Be Complete: All public data are made available. Data are electronically stored information or recordings, including but not limited to documents, databases, transcripts, and audio/visual recordings. Public data are data that are not subject to valid privacy, security or privilege limitations, as governed by other statutes.

 2.Data Must Be Primary: Data are published as collected at the source, with the finest possible level of granularity, not in aggregate or modified forms.

 3.Data Must Be Timely: Data are made available as quickly as necessary to preserve the value of the data.

 4.Data Must Be Accessible: Data are available to the widest range of users for the widest range of purposes.

 5.Data Must Be Machine Processable: Data are reasonably structured to allow automated processing of it.

 6.Access Must Be Non-Discriminatory: Data are available to anyone, with no requirement of registration.

 7.Data Formats Must Be Non-Proprietary: Data are available in a format over which no entity has exclusive control.

8.Data Must Be License-free: Data are not subject to any copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret regulation. Reasonable privacy, security and privilege restrictions may be allowed as governed by other statutes.


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