Get your Local Government on

Screen cap of map or dataportals around the world is the central clearinghouse for federal open data, including hosting the Public Data Listings required under the 2013 Federal Open Data Policy, but also hosts state, local, and tribal government sources voluntarily. As of this writing has the open data catalogs of 10 cities, 3 counties, and 8 states open data catalogs piped to, in addition to many local geospatial data sources, but we know there are many more open data catalogs out there!

Getting your local government open data plugged into is likely easier than you think. We recently outlined the technical process of how data gets harvested onto in detail with our “How to Get Your Open Data on” guide. The gist of which is: harvests standard metadata and there a slightly different requirements for federal data, federal geospatial data, and non-federal data. For state, county, and city data simply needs two things from a government contact:

  1. A data.json file (this is likely built into your open data catalog, but an open data catalog is not required, see
  2. A link to your local open data catalog’s Terms of Use or Data Policy.

With those two items, can set up nightly harvests that will automatically update with your local data.

Local governments should get their data on first and foremost because it will help make local open data more discoverable, but also because it supports a minimal metadata standard across local open data efforts, can help identify emergent data trends and standards (like the US City Open Data Census) across local governments, and because it shows the international open data community how active the United States is!

To all local government officials, we would love to hear from you and connect your government data to as soon as possible. As always, If you have any questions, you can reach out to

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One Response to “Get your Local Government on”

  1. Krishnan K.Gounder

    I am amazed at the availability of data, so that we can hold public officials of accountability.

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