• About

    Who Should Read This Guide, and Why

    Open data has forever transformed how governments deliver information to citizens. Find out who should read our Open Data Field Guide and why.

  • Chapter One

    Why Does My Organization Need Open Data?

    Learn the history of open data, why it is important now, and how it will impact our lives in the 21st century.

  • Chapter Two

    Define Clear and Measurable Goals

    Increase your chances of success by defining clear and measurable goals for your open data initiative.

  • Chapter Three

    Assemble a Winning Team

    Learn how to explain the benefits of your open data initiative to colleagues and win their support.

  • Chapter Four

    Develop Your Open Data Policy

    Learn the basic structure of an open data policy and how it can help move your initiative forward.

  • Chapter Five

    The Data Plan

    Which data do you release and when? Get tips and read about successful approaches from leaders in the field.

  • Chapter Six

    Open Data Implementation in Six Steps

    Simplify your implementation efforts by focusing on phases. Read examples of others' success.

  • Chapter Seven

    Engage Your Community

    Promoting your initiative and getting developers involved - find out the best practices for each.

  • Chapter Eight

    An Outstanding Citizen Experience

    Make the data easy to visualize, and put it directly into citizens' hands. Follow these tips on data curation.

  • Conclusion

    Join the Open Data Community

    Stay involved in the open data community and keep learning from leaders in the field.

  • Reference

    Acknowledgements & Glossary

    Meet the thought leaders who contributed to the Guide and read our glossary of terms.