Open data at the City of Portland
The City of Portland is committed to the publication, open access, and widespread sharing of data collected and generated by the City, and by private sector companies, non-profit organizations, academia, and other parties working on behalf of the City.
Open data is a tool that government has to offer more transparency and public engagement by using data from agencies to inform the community about specific topics, themes, or issues relevant to them.
The Open Data Program, and more intentional management of City data, is a foundation for our Smart City PDX goals of using data to inform decisions, to design and evaluate policies and programs, enhance community engagement, and to partner with the private sector, researchers, and non-profits to meet City goals around livability, affordability, safety, sustainability, and equity.
The Open Data Program also promotes the use and implementation of open standards in government. Open standards facilitate interoperability and data exchange among different products or services and are intended for widespread adoption. Open data standards also facilitate understanding of information, data exchange, and interoperability.
In 2009, Portland became the first city in the United States to adopt an Open Data Resolution (Resolution No. 36735) to encourage the expansion of the technological community by promoting open data and partnerships between City government and the public, private and nonprofit sectors, academia, and labor.
In May of 2017, Portland formally adopted an ordinance to establish an Open Data Policy and create an Open Data Program (Ordinance 188356) to expand upon the work completed as a part of the 2009 Resolution, establishing mechanisms for engaging all City bureaus in the proactive collection and distribution of City data. The ordinance establishes Open Data Policy to be committed to the publication, accessibility, and equitable and widespread sharing of data collected and generated by all City bureaus and by private sector companies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and other parties working on behalf of the City. The City will also strive to make data open by default.
- The Open Data Program celebrates Open Data Day in the first week of March every year. This celebration includes presentations and public events. Visit the news and events pages on the Smart City PDX website for more information.
- View the citywide open data portal.
- Sign up for email updates from BPS.
- You may also view the draft Open Data Handbook, which will be up for review again next Fall: