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Open Data Engagement

Open Data Engagement


This page shows three different performance metrics. 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. This page also shows the percentage of City of Boulder Departments represented on the Open Data Catalog; representation is defined is having at least 1 dataset published in the Catalog. Finally, this page shows the total number of datasets published on the Open Data Catalog, broken out by City of Boulder Department.


The target for Open Data Catalog website sessions for 2018 is a 20 percent increase from the total number of website sessions as compared to the previous year.

The target for departmental representation in the Open Data Catalog is for 100 percent of all City of Boulder Departments to be represented with at least 1 dataset by May 2018.

The target for total number of datasets in the Open Data Catalog is to have at least 100 datasets published by the end of 2018.


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 Information Technology Department. This page will be updated monthly.

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