Open Data Policy Generator

Use this form to help you create an open data policy! When you’re done, you will get an email with your sample policy.

We will send you a customized version of our sample open data policy.

This is intended to provide you with a sample for you to work off of and customize for your own place or agency’s needs. Please do not just take the result blindly — read through the policy and make sure you understand all the parts, then fine-tune it to meet your needs.

In the spirit of transparency, if you propose this policy, we strongly encourage you to cite where you got this sample text from (the Sunlight Foundation). And don’t forget to check out the Open Data Policy Guidelines on this site.


Government or agency name: long

What is the full official name of your municipality, county, state, or other government? Examples: City of Minneapolis, City and County of San Francisco, Town of Amherst, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, District of Columbia, Barcelona City Council

Government or agency name: short

This is a short name for how you want your government referenced later in the document. Examples: City, County, Town, District. (So if you put “City” as your short name, then the policy will say things like “all City agencies must...” and “the City will consider...”)

Who is signing or taking action on this policy?


Who will be responsible for managing the open data program?


Is the manager named above an existing position in the government or a newly established one?


To what email address should this draft policy should be sent?