Why Open Data?
- Data helps us make sound decisions.
- Data impacts our communities.
- Data impacts our existing businesses and the creation of new businesses.
- Data impacts our elections.
- Data in an open format allows for more collaboration, participation, and innovation.
- Data belongs to you. Shouldn't you have access to it when you want (need) it?
What is Open Data?
The following attributes were taken from the 8 principles of open data developed in 2007 at the Open Government Working Group along with recent additional suggestions by the Sunlight Foundation.
All public data is made available. Public data is data that is not subject to valid privacy, security or privilege limitations.
Data is as collected at the source, with the highest possible level of granularity, not in aggregate or modified forms.
Data is made available as quickly as necessary to preserve the value of the data.
Data is available to the widest range of users for the widest range of purposes.
- Machine Readable
Data is reasonably structured to allow automated processing.
Data is available to anyone, with no requirement of registration.
Data is available in a format over which no entity has exclusive control.
Data is not subject to any copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret regulation. Reasonable privacy, security and privilege restrictions may be allowed.
Data should be available online in archives in perpetuity.
- Freely Obtainable
Data should be made available without charge to the public.
How can Open Data be used?
Data has the most potential when it is stored in a publicly accessible, machine readable, and non-proprietary data format. Below, we illustrate just a few of the potential uses of open government data. In general, public data linked online can in the words of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, "increase accountability, contribute valuable information about the world, and to enable government, the country, and the world to function more efficiently". 
 8 Principles of Open Government Data, resource.org
 Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information, Sunlight Foundation
 Putting Government Data Online, Sir Tim Berners-Lee
OpenLexington uses technology to promote government transparency, openness, accountability, and accessibility; to empower citizens through data.
We will accomplish this mission through our non-partisan, non-profit efforts within our organization based in Lexington, Kentucky. Our focus on open data, open source software, advocacy, and education is defined below.
- An open source technology group dedicated to building tools and data curation for the benefit of Lexington citizens and our neighbors.
- An advocacy group for an open and transparent government.
- A non-profit and non-partisan organization.
- Build tools and interfaces suitable for curating public data
- Archive and redistribute public data released from the government
- Publish and promote the software we create
- Educate residents on what types of data the government produces and how to access it
- Advocate for the release of machine-readable data from the government
- Pursue our mission through other actions that do not endanger the status of OpenLexington