What is Open Data?

The term "data" can take on a lot of meanings or interpretations, some of which are highly technical. However, the concept of open data is very simple...to "open up" access to public information of all types, allowing the public to consume and interact with the data in a variety of ways. This data may be used to facilitate decision making; encourage innovation through the development of tools or applications to further support public data use; hold government departments and elected officials accountable and promote transparency; and much more. Little Rock's Open Data Portal is an initiative that exists as part of a broader commitment to our residents that is focused on creating a more efficient, effective and responsive City government.