Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the definition of "data"?

    "Data" means final versions of statistical or factual information that:
    • are in alphanumeric or geospatial form reflected in a list, table, graph, chart, map, or other nonnarrative format that can be digitally transmitted or processed;
    • are regularly created or maintained by or on behalf of a governmental entity; and
    • record a measurement, transaction or determination or provide information on government services, initiatives, and resources related to the mission of the covered governmental entity.
    • "Data" does not include draft versions of statistical or factual information that are used for internal analysis by a governmental entity.

  2. What is the definition of "open data"?

    "Open data" is all "data" except where if made public the "data" would:
    • violate another law or regulation that prohibits the data from being made public;
    • endanger the public health, safety, or welfare;
    • hinder the operation of government, including criminal and civil investigations;
    • impose an undue financial, operational, or administrative burden on a State entity; or
    • disclose proprietary or confidential information