Open Municipal Geodata Standard
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The OMG Standard seeks to promote the free flow of information between government agencies and citizens by establishing a common set of technical standards for organizing and sharing public data.

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Organizations and governments that are currently using the OMG standard.

City of Louisville, KY( Outputs some datasets (eg, CrimeStats) for bulk download using the OMG Standard.

Jefferson County PVA( Outputs property values, recent home sales, and foreclosure datasets to certified vendors using the OMG Standard.

Your Mapper ( The goal of Your Mapper is be the most effective global platform for bringing communities high quality, local data. Uses the OMG Standard exclusively for data import, storage, and output.

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Resources & Further Reading

The OMG Standard is just one part of a growing national and global movement. Over the past few years, a number of individuals and organizations have begun working on the problem of how to make public data freely accessible, all making valuable contributions toward its solution. ( seeks to expand participation and build stronger democracies and communities through the power of information and communication technologies and strategies.

Electronic Frontier Foundation ( is a donor-funded non-profit wich blends the expertise of lawyers, policy analysts, activists and technologists to defend the digital rights of consumers and the general public.

Every Block (, a non-profit funded organization based in Chicago, aggregates an assortment of local news by location so that citizens can keep track of what’s happening on their blocks and all over their cities.

Idea Lab ( is a group blog by innovators whose goal is "to reinvent news for the Digital Age." A number of the founders and participants of other projects listed here also blog at Idea Lab on a regular basis.

Illinois Data Exchange Affiliates (IDEA) ( is a voluntary group of government agencies and non-profits working to improve data sharing in Illinois

Knight Foundation ( is a "national foundation with local roots" whose goal is to transform both communities and journalism and help them reach their highest potential. ( brings together campaign contributions and how legislators vote, providing an open window into the connections between money and politics. They currently cover the California Legislature and U.S. Congress.

Metasocial ( asks the question, "Are we ready to run our countries on the new societal software?"

Open Society Institute ( is a part of the Soros Foundations Network and aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.

Open Street Map ( creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps for everyone ( is a broad-based coalition of organizations formed to promote government accountability and transparency ( is a community-based resource for local news and information which aims to enable people to connect with other people, places and conversations in their local communities.

Public Geospatial Data Project ( was founded to promote the use of open geospatial formats and public access to state-collected geodata.

Public (, created and administered by the Sunlight Foundation, attempts to tackle the technical challenge of drafting legislation online through online collaboration. The organization's first collaboration is the Transparency in Government Act 2008, a broad legislative effort intended to make the work of Congress and the executive branch more transparent by creating laws and regulations that would bring more information online and available to the public in a timely manner.

Public.Resource.Org (, organized and administered by Carl Malamud, is a non-profit whose focus is the creation, operation and maintenance of public works projects on the Internet for educational, charitable, and scientific purposes to the benefit of the general public and the public interest. ( is a nonprofit that allows an individual or group to take control of news in their community by sharing the cost (crowdfunding) to commission freelance journalists to write important, or uncovered news stories.

Sunlight Foundation ( was founded in 2006 to foster government transparency and accountability