Open Data Field Guide
A comprehensive guide to ensuring your open data program serves you and your citizens.
With Insight From: City of Chicago, City of New York, City of Edmonton, State of Maryland, State of Colorado, Code for America, The World Bank, City of Baltimore, State of Oregon, and more.
Open data has forever transformed how governments deliver information to citizens. See how it can help your organization or government.
Get a brief history of the open data movement. Learn why open data is important now, and how it will impact our lives in the 21st century.
Increase your chances of success by defining clear and measurable goals for your open data initiative.
Learn how to explain the benefits of your open data initiative to colleagues and win their support.
Learn the basic structure of an open data policy and how it can help move your initiative forward.
Which data do you release and when? Get tips and read about successful approaches from leaders in the field.
Simplify your implementation efforts by focusing on phases. Read examples of others’ success.
Find out the best practices to promote your open data initiative and get developers involved.
Make the data easy to visualize, and put it directly into citizens’ hands. Follow these tips on data curation.
Connect with the passionate open data community online. See recommendations for who to follow and great sources of news and information.
Meet the thought leaders who contributed to the Guide and read our glossary of terms.