The 8 Principles of Open Government Data

Open Government Data Definition:
The 8 Principles of Open Government Data

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Government data shall be considered open if the data are made public in a way that complies with the principles below:


Data Must Be Complete
All public data are made available. Data are electronically stored information or recordings, including but not limited to documents, databases, transcripts, and audio/visual recordings. Public data are data that are not subject to valid privacy, security or privilege limitations, as governed by other statutes.
Data Must Be Primary
Data are published as collected at the source, with the finest possible level of granularity, not in aggregate or modified forms.

Data Must Be Timely
Data are made available as quickly as necessary to preserve the value of the data.
Data Must Be Accessible
Data are available to the widest range of users for the widest range of purposes.

Data Must Be Machine processable
Data are reasonably structured to allow automated processing of it.
Access Must Be Non-Discriminatory
Data are available to anyone, with no requirement of registration.

Data Formats Must Be Non-Proprietary
Data are available in a format over which no entity has exclusive control.
Data Must Be License-free
Data are not subject to any copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret regulation. Reasonable privacy, security and privilege restrictions may be allowed as governed by other statutes.