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Open Data

Open Data Information

Open Data is about providing free access to data in a machine readable format, under an open license that allows the citizens to reuse and redistribute the data. The City has published several data sets including police calls for service, procurement cards transaction and permitting data among others. With the help of Open Data the City aims to be transparent and accountable, improve efficiency and effectiveness of its services, engage residents through data, and innovate in the way we do business.

As the City connects Open Data with our Smart Cities initiatives, new approaches will require enabled and more easily accessible data in order that people within and outside the City organization can build the patterns, insights, decisions, and actions that help the community improve.

This data approach has been outlined in the City’s Open Data Community Architecture (ODCA), which focuses on a collaborative and scalable approach to open data that helps agencies bring their data together to form new levels of analytic solutions. The ODCA document is an open source living document published here on the City’s website as well as on github and the City is always open for feedback from the community via e-mail at odca@sanjoseca.gov for further improvements in its data approach.  

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