When governments work in the open and proactively release public data in standardized formats, they can drive transparency, participation, and collaboration to help further key priorities.

Open Government means that information is being shared proactivly in a user-friendly way, ensuring accessibility and understandability. By sharing information, governments can facilitate public dialogue and spur productive participation focused on key issues, allowing the community to help make government work better.

Practice Open Government

We're publishing a set of guides, tools and resources to help governments work in the open, proactively publish public data online, and collaborate with the community to help make programs and services better for everyone.


  • Book: Beyond Transparency: Beyond Transparency is a book written by Brett Goldstein and Lauren Dyson that serves as a cross-disciplinary survey of the open data landscape, in which practitioners share their own stories of what they’ve accomplished with open civic data.


  • Tool: Open Data Census: The first step in making data actionable is to make sure the data is easily accessible. Many cities, whether they have an open data policy in place or not, have work to do in terms of making datasets open and available online. Do an evaluation of where your city stands on releasing our landscape of datasets openly and work with your municipal partners to come up with a plan for making all of them open and available.
  • Tool: CityGram: Citygram is a geographic notification platform designed to work with open government data. It allows residents to designate area(s) of a city they are interested in and subscribe to one or more topics.
  • Tool: NextRequest: NextRequest makes public records requests friendlier for the public and easier for governments to manage.


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