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Open Data Engagement

Open Data Engagement


This page shows a variety of different performance metrics that depict Open Data Program engagement levels from City of Boulder departments and community users.

The first section focuses on engagement with City of Boulder departments, primarily through releasing datasets on the catalog. This information comes from all data published in the Open Data Catalog. 

The second section focuses on community members ("users") engagement with the Open Data Catalog. Data on community member usage comes from Google Analytics' reports on website sessions, unique page views, and data file downloads. Website sessions is defined as the total number of sessions, or a group of interactions one user takes within a given time frame, on all webpages within the Open Data Catalog in a given month. A session lasts until there is 30 minutes of inactivity on the website. Note that a select number of GIS datasets are housed on ESRI's Open Data Platform, and downloads of those files are not counted in this report.


The Open Data Program has targets of increasing or maintaining the level of community member engagement with the datasets and content published on the Open Data Catalog, as defined by website sessions, unique page views, and dataset file downloads. 

The Open Data Program also has a target for increasing departmental representation and engagement in the Open Data Catalog. The program has a goal of 100% of departments being represented on the Catalog (with at least 1 dataset published) and is actively working with departments not represented to identify possible datasets for release. The program also aims to increase the number of datasets published each year and to have every department publish new datasets each year.


The purpose of Boulder Open Data is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the City of Boulder. The city has established an Open Data Strategy in order to increase efficiency, improve internal data sharing, spurring innovation, and enabling transparency and accountability with the public. The Open Data Program is taking a community driven demand approach to releasing information and welcomes suggestions for dataset additions. Momentum for the program increased within the city after the signing of an internal Open Data Policy on May 2nd, 2017. The Open Data team is working methodically to inventory all the city’s data over the next two years in order to help us better understand what we have, what we talk about when we talk about data, and how we share data.


Since the city signed an internal Open Data Policy in May 2017, the Open Data Program has seen increased departmental representation in the Open Data Catalog and the number of published datasets continues to increase. While we did not meet our end of 2017 goals, website sessions on the Open Data Catalog, departmental representation and published open datasets are slowly but steadily increasing. The total number of open datasets published by the city has increased by approximately 43 percent from May to December 2017. As additional departments complete inventories of data, we expect to see large gains in departmental representation and total number of datasets available to the public.

About the Data:  This data is provided by the City of Boulder's Innovation and Technology Department. Data about website sessions, page views, and downloads are updated daily, while information on datasets published will be updated quarterly.