Our OpenData Journey

Open City, Open Data

Welcome to the City of Fort Collins Open Data portal. Starting in early 2017 the City launched its Open City initiative by providing basic datasets to the community. The Open City initiative is the latest step in this transparency journey.
Here you can trace the path the City has taken to enagage and empower citizens through information and data. Take some time to explore the journey, and let us know what else you would like to see.

GIS Data

Everyone loves a good map! 
Fort Collins, like many other cities, recognizes the advantages of incorporating GIS into business processes and decision-making.  Investments in GIS at the City have generated a significant library of data.  
Since the inception of the GIS program, the City has held fast to the value that this data should be freely available to the public.

Electronic Document Management

In the late 1990's Fort Collins began compiling datasets internally and realized what a value it could be to citizens.
In the mid-2000's the City created a greater opportunities to open up the business of government to our citizens.  Soon after implementing electronic document management, the City created CityDocs where datasets were aggregated and made searchable as demonstrated by the Registry Ridge example to the left.
These datasets have since expanded to include: Building Permit Inquires, Email Transparency, Municipal Code and Charter, Council meetings and agendas, Land Use Code, Maps, Open Book, Public Notices, traffic code and traffic accident reports.

Additional Transparency Efforts

As our transparency journey continued citizens and the City identified additional information of value and interest to share. In 2009 all the City finances were published in OpenBook providing residents with easy access to the City's checkbook and employee salaries. In 2015 efforts were made to provide public access to all City Council emails through the email transparency project. The Community Dashboard, a quarterly snapshot of the community’s progress in attaining key outcomes reinforces the City of Fort Collins’ commitment to accountability and transparency.

Community Dashboard


OpenBook Evolution

In 2018, the new OpenBook platform was released, encompassing the same data as the legacy OpenBook, but using modern technologies to create a visually appealing and easy-to-use interface.
New OpenBook, releasing in 2018


In 2016, the City laid the foundation for the next step in the transparency journey by initiating OpenCity.
In 2017, Mayor Wade Troxell read a proclamation demonstrating the ongoing commitment to transparency and Open Data the proclamation was later followed up by the adoption of an open data policy.
As with any worthy journey there is no finish line only endless horizons. We hope you will join us in exploring and utilizing OpenData  to improve your community.