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OpenLexington. Open Data. Open Government.

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.

  • Complete
    All public data is made available. Public data is data that is not subject to valid privacy, security or privilege limitations.
  • Primary
    Data is as collected at the source, with the highest possible level of granularity, not in aggregate or modified forms.
  • Timely
    Data is made available as quickly as necessary to preserve the value of the data.
  • Accessible
    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.
  • Non-discriminatory
    Data is available to anyone, with no requirement of registration.
  • Non-proprietary
    Data is available in a format over which no entity has exclusive control.
  • License-free
    Data is not subject to any copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret regulation. Reasonable privacy, security and privilege restrictions may be allowed.
  • Permanent
    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". [3]

Uses of Open Data


[1] 8 Principles of Open Government Data, resource.org

[2] Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information, Sunlight Foundation

[3] 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.

OpenLexington is:

  • 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.

OpenLexington will:

  • 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

Who We Are

Core Members

  • Captain
    Chase Southard
  • Community Organizer
    Nick Such
  • Delivery Lead
    Todd Willey
  • Municipal Partner
    Erik Schwartz