Open Hamilton

Transparency, accountability, efficiency — these are core values that should drive public service. A robust open data policy is one tool governments are increasingly adopting to meet them.

Open data offers many benefits:

  • Leads to better policy decisions
  • Creates internal efficiencies
  • Drives transparency and accountability
  • Reduces barriers to information
  • Drives citizen engagement
  • Fuels economic and community development

The government of Hamilton County, Tennessee, does not have a clear open data policy in place. It publishes some data and records on its website, but there is room for improvement.

Metro Ideas Project interviewed county officials and representatives of cities and counties that have implemented open data policies.

Our open data toolkit includes three case studies looking at how other local governments have transitioned to open data policies, practical applications for open data, and guidelines to help county officials get started on this important work.

Our research

Hamilton County Courthouse
Open data

Open data in Hamilton County

An open data policy would improve transparency, accountability and efficiency in Hamilton County’s government.

Outdoor brunch spot
Open data

Data-driven restaurant inspections

Converting restaurant inspection reports to open data would increase public accountability and lead to more efficient government.

Further reading

The Open Data Handbook

This comprehensive guide provides common adoption practices and implementation steps.

Open Data Policy Guidelines

The Sunlight Foundation has extensive guidelines for identifying datasets to release and navigating private vendors.

About this project

Metro Ideas Project prepared this toolkit during the summer and fall of 2016.