Easier Data Exploration on the Open Data Network

June 3, 2016 12:00 pm PST | Data as a Service

The Open Data Network is an online data catalog with thousands of datasets across a wide breadth of categories, including health, finance, education, infrastructure, public safety, and much more. Across the country, governments, businesses, analysts, developers, and citizens are using this free resource to work more efficiently and adopt best practices from their peers in one central place.

What’s New in the Open Data Network?

We’re constantly improving the Open Data Network. This latest release brings a responsive design to the network, improved education data, better mapping, and more.

Mobile-Friendly Navigation

We’ve made vast improvements to the mobile experience, including a revamped home page that makes it easier to explore geographical regions. Regional pages now include maps to navigate and the ability to compare with other regions. Dataset landing pages and search result pages look better on mobile, and the new questions feature works in the search box or when clicking refine results.

mobile-friendly navigation on open data network

Auto-suggest Search Questions

We’ve optimized the searching capability so that users can find the answers they need — and suggest additional information. A user can start typing a question or topic, and the search box will automatically suggest topical questions to ask the Open Data Network.


We’ve integrated the “questions” feature throughout the site making these data insights easier to discover, especially for people unfamiliar with the wide array of available data.

Enhanced Education Data Experience

Users can now compare states’ educational spending, normalized by the number of students. We’ve added education classroom statistics, including student teacher ratios. This example compares   and shows that Snohomish County averages nearly double the number of students per teacher than the two east coast counties.


Method for Mapping Datasets to Schemas

We’ve added our first example of data from multiple sources visualized on the same map. This example includes education data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Institute of Education Sciences – National Center for Education Statistics, and data.seattle.gov.


Cities that use this mapping schema can also see their data appear automatically.

The Open Data Network was featured during a White House press briefing on the Opportunity Project, a new open data effort to promote economic mobility. Are you interested in participating in the Open Data Network? Find out more about how to join

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