The Data Coalition advocates on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for the publication of government information as standardized, open data.

First, we believe governments should adopt non-proprietary data standards to make the information they generate and collect fully interoperable and searchable. Second, wherever government information is legally public, it should be published as open data, freely available in bulk, without licensing or registration restrictions.

The transformation of government information into standardized, open data improves democratic accountability, enables better public-sector management, and allows compliance processes to be automated. For the private sector, the transformation is creating a new industry. Once government information is expressed as standardized, open data instead of disconnected documents, technology companies can build solutions that republish it to improve democratic accountability, analyze it to enable better management, and automate compliance processes.

Founded in Washington, D.C., in February 2012, the Coalition has become a leading advocate for U.S. federal and state data reform. The Coalition is supported in its mission by its members, including leading technology and consulting firms and growing startups.

Through their participation in the Coalition, members achieve early access to the business opportunities of the new open data industry, build relationships with policymakers in Congress, federal agencies, and state capitals, and earn well-deserved recognition for their leadership.

The Coalition’s professional staff is accountable to a Board of Directors representing its Executive and Partner Members, and the task forces provide guidance on policy. The Data Coalition is registered as a nonprofit corporation in the District of Columbia and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.