Open Data

Welcome to the City of Palo Alto Open Data Platform

Throughout the world, governments are making collections of public data more easily available and consumable on the Web. The type of data posted, called Open Data, is varied and includes information about where taxpayer money is being spent and statistics on just about every aspect of government. This openness has enabled citizens to have greater visibility to the workings of their local, state, and federal agencies.

Early in 2012, the City of Palo Alto announced the goal of providing an Open Data Platform during the calendar year so we could make our local government more inclusive and transparent. We are excited that it is now live and ready for your use. We encourage you to read the terms of use, suggest datasets, and get help via the navigator on the left of this page.

Our City Open Data platform will enable City staff to post valuable, non-private datasets online in a highly usable format that will allow our community to explore and work with the data. Among the uses include the ability for software engineers to build innovative applications for use by our community and also for website visitors to delve into the data to find answers to their questions.

Most recently, with an aim towards transparency in government accounting, the City of Palo Alto launched an online Open Budget. The contents of the Adopted Capital Budget for FY2012-2013 are presented, along with data back to 2009 for both the budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. The highly interactive Open Budget has been published in Beta form. We hope you will spend some time exploring the Open Budget Beta and provide us with your feedback.

You may use the navigation links on the left side of this page to view our Open Data applications. We’re excited by the value of Open Data to our community. It’s a natural complement to our goal of becoming a leading digital city.

James Keene

Palo Alto City Manager
Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
Palo Alto Chief Information Officer

The City of Palo Alto teams with Stanford University to complete the City's first hack-a-thon. The challenge, build an application in twenty-four hours to utilize geographical information system data provided by the City.

Last Updated: Jan 3, 2014