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Norfolk Open Data
Norfolk Open Data
Norfolk Improves Transparency and Innovation with Open Data 

What is Open Data?
Data (in this case, data that is gathered by the City), that can be used, repurposed and distributed by anyone without restriction or cost.

What is NorfolkOpenData?
In July 2017, Norfolk City Council adopted an open data policy that serves as the foundation for a new Open Data program. Called NorfolkOpenData, this program will make city data more consumable and easily available to the public. 
Initial data sets were released in the Norfolk Open Data Portal in March 2018.

Norfolk’s goals for NorfolkOpenData are simple:
  • Increase transparency and access to public information such as issued building permits or code enforcement requests
  • Enhance coordination and efficiency among City departments
  • Provide access to city data for residents, businesses and educational institutions to create new applications
  • Support Well-Managed Government; a City of Norfolk priority

Norfolk’s Open Data policy and program were developed with guidance from What Works Cities, an initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies.  To learn more about:

In December 2018, the city of Norfolk partnered with the Sunlight Foundation to host a Community Tactical Data Engagement (TDE). The goal of the event was to determine what data should be collected and made available in Norfolk’s Open Data portal to support the city’s resilience efforts. The ideas that came out of the brainstorming at the event led city staff to move forward with capturing data from tidal sensors and that will eventually be posted to the Open Data portal.

Contact the Open Data team at to receive Open Data updates.