Open Data Definition

Open Data Definition

What is Open Data?

Open Data are datasets, containing Public Records (as defined in Public Records Policy), produced by the county, provided in bulk, for download on the Internet, in machine-readable standard formats, and includes metadata (information about the data format and content). There are no restrictions on who can obtain the data or how the data is used. There is no royalty or fee to obtain the data. For more information see the terms of use.

Open Data is not information that is designated as sensitive, private, confidential, or exempt from disclosure under local, state or federal law.

Open Data and Boulder County

Boulder County recognizes there are many benefits to Open Data including: demonstrating transparency, improving public service and participation, improving effectiveness, creating efficiencies, generating economic value, promoting innovation, providing authoritative data, and providing information to people where they most often access it.

Boulder County is committed to ensuring that the data it creates and maintains is open and available for anyone to use.

Release of Open Data

As part of the county’s commitment to Open Data, Elected Officials, Department Heads and their representatives shall determine what datasets they make available and have final approval for the release of records produced and/or maintained within their department or office as Open Data.

The County adopted an Open Data Policy on July 1, 2016


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