NNIP Lessons on Local Data Sharing

Last Updated: February 14, 2016

Negotiating data sharing agreements with local agencies is the first step towards building a neighborhood indicator system. It's hard work, but it can be done, as proved by the growing number and scope of datasets housed by our local partners.

Approaching local government agency staff to request access to data files can be the most daunting aspect of data sharing. From the agency's viewpoint, they have much to lose by granting access to their data, and the easiest response for them in the short-term will be to reject the request without serious consideration. From our NNIP partners' experience over the last decade, we can offer strategies and agreements that have been successful in other places.

This guide was developed with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

Note: This guide was written in 2011 before NNIP's greater involvement in Open Data.  It focuses on one-on-one negotiation for administrative data, though many of the lessons also apply for advocacy of open data.  To learn more about open data, check out more recent materials from our  2012-2014 Open Data Cross-site Project and examples of our partners championing open data.

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