About Open Data
Oregon's Open Data Program
Oregon's Open Data Program is a new program with executive leadership from the Chief Data Officer, and supports agencies in inventorying, prioritizing, and publishing data assets as open data. Oregon's Open Data Program is codified within ORS 276A.350-374. This statute requires that state agencies identify data used within agency information systems, contribute this information to an enterprise data inventory maintained by the Chief Data Officer, and that agencies publish data defined as “publishable” under the Statute to a centralized open data portal.
Open data, defined as “data that can be freely used, modified and shared by anyone for any purpose,” has increased in popularity and use throughout the last decade. Open Data is available at no direct cost and is made publicly accessible to a variety of users including other state agencies and employees, Oregonians, non-profit organizations, and any individual with an interest in accessing, downloading, and using data. Open data provides transparency and accountability for state agencies, and creates an opportunity for communication and relationship building with our constituents and engaged public. The State of Oregon publishes open data through two specific portals, data.oregon.gov, the State’s Open Data Portal, and ArcGIS Online, the State’s data portal for geospatial data assets such as map layers.
Oregon's Open Data Standard
Oregon's Open Data Standard provides the requirements for State Agencies' participation in the State's Open Data Program and outlines expectations for inventorying, prioritizing, and publishing open data.
Open Data Coordinator's Handbook
The Open Data Coordinator's Handbook provides detailed instructions to help appointed data coordinators in completing the deliverables of the Open Data Standard, including an agency data inventory, open data plan, and in architecting processes to publish open data.
Open Data Technical Standards Manual
The Open Data Technical Standards Manual provides quality, formatting, and description guidelines for release of publishable data on the web portal at data.oregon.gov, and requirements for agencies publishing open spatial data in compliance with the State’s Open Data Standard.
Additional Open Data Resources will continue to be produced and released to assist agencies in creating and managing their open data programs. Below are links to currently available resources and notes on forthcoming resources.
- Data Coordinator Appointment Memo Template
- Data Inventory Template (excel spreadsheet)
- Data Inventory Deadline Exception Memo Template (word document)
- Open Data Guidance: Privacy for Open Datasets
- External Resource: Future of Privacy Forum's Visual Guide to Data De-identification (not a State of Oregon link)
The Open Data Webinar Series
The Open Data Webinar Series is a short term monthly webinar series designed to build awareness and interest in Oregon's new Open Data Program. Links to recorded webinars and presentations are available below.
- June 18, 2021: Preparing and Publishing Open Data Registration Link
- July 16, 2021: GIS and Open Data/Natural Resources Spotlight