Publishing Open Government Data


Start: 2009-09-08, Publication: 2010-05-09


Every day, governments and government agencies publish more data on the Internet. Sharing this data enables greater transparency; delivers more efficient public services; and encourages greater public and commercial use and re-use of government information. Some governments have even created catalogs or portals (such as to make it easy for the public to find and use this data. Although the reasons may vary, the logistics and practicalities of opening government data are the same. To help governments open and share their data, the W3C eGov Interest Group has developed the following guidelines. These straightforward steps emphasize standards and methodologies to encourage publication of government data, allowing the public to use this data in new and innovative ways.

The W3C eGovernment Interest Groupis pleased to offer this First Public Working Draft which briefly explains how to publish government data on the Web, based on the our gathered experience. We encourage anyone with additional experience to join the group or send written comment to help with the next version. The W3C eGovernment Interest Group views this as an evolving document and seeks public feedback on this Working Draft. Please send your comments to (archives). If possible, please offer specific changes to the text that would address your concern. You may also wish to check the Wiki Version of this document and see if the relevant text has already been updated. Publication as a Working Draft does not imply endorsement by the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress. This document was produced by a group operating under the 5 February 2004 W3C Patent Policy. The group does not expect this document to become a W3C Recommendation. W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes instructions for disclosing a patent. An individual who has actual knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains Essential Claim(s) must disclose the information in accordance with section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:World Wide Web Consortium



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