What is Open Data?

What is Open Data?

Open Data is digital data that is made available with the technical and legal characteristics necessary for it to be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone, anytime and anywhere. Digital data is in machine readable formats, such as CSV, XML, JSON, Shapefiles, APIs. Unlike human readable formats, such as PDFs, HTML pages; machine readable data can be used by computer applications to generate insights, analyses and/or used to develop web/mobile applications.

How Do I Find Data?

There are many ways to get started finding data. From the top navigation bar click on "Browse" to browse the catalog. From here you can search by category of data such as "Financials" or "Public Safety". Or browse types of data including maps, charts datasets or even the most popular
Use the search bar to find specific area of interest such as "Building Permits", "Sales Tax Revenues" or "Traffic Accidents". Or click on one of several story pages to learn more about a topic that includes data such as "Opioid Overdose Insights" or "Bonds and Debt Service".

Can I Request a Dataset?

Absolutely! Feel free to contact us with your request by emailing opendata.info@mesaaz.gov.  You can also nominate a dataset and recruit other members of the community to vote for it. Please keep in mind that dataset release times do vary, as they will need to each be assessed and prioritized individually.

What Wouldn't be Considered Open Data?

Data that contains personal identifying information, or information that may pose as a security or confidentiality concern, will not be released as open data.

Can I use Datasets as Part of my Business?

You sure can! Datasets are made freely available for anyone under the City’s Terms of Use. This license allows worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive licence to use the City’s open datasets, for both commercial and non-commercial use.