About the Toolkit


What is Open Data?

Open data is free, publicly available data that anyone can access and use, without restrictions. Businesses, nonprofits, governments, and citizens use open data to launch new initiatives and ventures, analyze trends, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems in all sectors of the economy.


What is the U.S. Open Data Toolkit?

The U.S. Open Data Toolkit is designed to help federal data providers and data users better understand and harness the strategic value of open government data. Among other sources, the Toolkit draws on insights gathered from Open Data Roundtables— including a series of Interagency Roundtables co-hosted with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2016 and a more recent series of Roundtables co-hosted with the White House Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of the Treasury that concluded in 2018. These Roundtables convened hundreds of experts from federal agencies, academia, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. Many of these members of the open data community, as well as other federal officials and staff, may find the Toolkit useful in their own work with open government data.

The U.S. Open Data Toolkit is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License.

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About the Center for Open Data Enterprise

The Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to maximize the value of open government data as a public resource for economic growth, social good, and scientific research. Over the past several years, CODE has worked with the White House and numerous federal agencies to help them improve how they collect, publish, and apply data to better meet the needs of data users. For more information, please visit OpenDataEnterprise.org.