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Open Data is about providing free access to data in a machine readable format, under an open license that allows the citizens to reuse and redistribute the data. City of San José went live with its Open Data Portal in 2015. Since then the City has published several datasets including police calls for service, procurement cards transaction and permitting data among others. With the help of Open Data the City aims to be transparent and accountable, improve efficiency and effectiveness of its services, empower citizens and innovate in the way we do business.

As the City tries to tie Open Data with the Smart Cities concept, it is considering a new approach to better utilize its data by making it more easily accessible to people within and outside the City. This data approach has been outlined in the City’s Open Data Community Architecture (ODCA) which focuses on a collaborative approach to open data that helps build a community that enables multiple agencies to bring their data together to form new levels of analytic solutions. The ODCA document is an open source living document published here on the City’s website as well as on github and the City is always open for feedback from the community via email at  for further improvements in its data approach. 

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