Norfolk Open Data
Norfolk Improves Transparency & Innovation with Open Data
What Is Open Data?
Open Data is data that can be used, reused and redistributed by anyone without restriction or cost.
In July 2017, Norfolk City Council adopted an open data policy that serves as the foundation for Norfolk’s Open Data Program. Called NorfolkOpenData, the goal of this program is to make city data easily available for the public to access and use via our open data portal. Our open data portal went live in March 2018 with a handful of datasets. Over time, additional datasets have been added; Norfolk now has dozens of datasets available to the public.
Norfolk’s Goals for NorfolkOpenData:
- Increase transparency and access to public information
- Reduce the need for public information requests
- Enhance coordination, efficiency and internal data sharing among City departments
- Provide access to city data for residents, businesses and educational institutions
- Improve data quality by incorporating user feedback on data accuracy and consistency
Check out Norfolk’s Open Data portal
- Click here to jump to the open data portal.
- Click here to view several video tutorials available to learn how to use Norfolk’s open data portal.
NorfolkOpenData Civic Partners
Norfolk’s Open Data policy and program were developed with valuable assistance from our civic partners.
- What Works Cities: In March 2017, Norfolk was honored to be chosen to join What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative designed to help midsize American cities enhance their use of data to improve services, inform decision-making and engage residents.
- The Sunlight Foundation – In 2018, through What Works Cities, Norfolk partnered with the Sunlight Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages the use of the open data and policy analysis to improve government transparency. Together, we hosted a Tactical Data Engagement (TDE) designed to seek a community-centered open data solution to help improve the city’s resilience. As a result of this project the city will pursue collection and publication of data to help researchers better understand the long-term trajectory of weather patterns and effects..
Check out these stories about Norfolk’s TDE process:
- GovEX – GovEx’s mission is to help governments use data to make informed decisions and improve people’s quality of life. This mission is achieved by GovEx - led coaching and technical assistance, both online and on-site. Over two days in October 2019, GovEx set up in Norfolk’s Slover Library to offer training sessions open to all employees of cities in Hampton Roads. The training sessions covered a variety of topics such as “Problem Solving Using Data & Analytics” and “Data Storytelling.” Click here to watch a video that details the training event.
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Are you interested in a particular dataset? Would you like to see a specific visualization of data? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.