Data

Public data

Unifying the world’s public data promotes transparency, but it doesn’t stop there. We believe that it also increases accountability, which leads to more responsive government.

Public data should be useful and accessible

We believe that society will only be able to tackle tough challenges if people can freely access and analyze public data. That’s why we’re committed to building tools and platforms that enable people to work together to hold the public and private sector accountable, challenge inequality, and promote a robust civil society.

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Dive into the world’s largest collection of government information.

The data chain is broken

Today, public data is locked away in siloed systems in government offices throughout the world. It’s difficult to access and use because it’s stored in systems that developed piecemeal over the course of many decades—before the power of data was fully understood. We build tools to open up access to this information and provide easy-to-use interfaces so that public data can truly be public.

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Using data to change the world for the better

We believe that free and open societies can’t exist without open and timely access to public data. Data is important because it helps the public hold governments accountable and can also be used creatively to address important social problems. Public data gives us new ways to understand and improve our world.

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We fight for public data to be connected and open

We release public data under a Creative Commons License for anyone in the open-source or civic community to freely build upon and extend. We regularly collaborate with hundreds of journalists, not-for-profits, governments, and many other committed and curious people to help put data to good use.

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Search, discover, and connect

Our public data platform is the world’s largest and most robust store of government information. We make it easy to search across diverse public datasets, discover new datasets you didn’t know existed, and explore the connections between them. Follow your curiosity, find the answers you need, and go out and change something.

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