How to Use This Site

We challenge and encourage you to access our data to help make the city smarter. Data on the Open Data Platform has been vetted by a Smart Columbus Data Curator. We strive to provide high quality data. Metadata is curated in compliance with Project Open Data standards, to maximize machine readability and thus utility. Data is also curated to preserve the privacy of people traversing our city. We are committed to protecting the individual privacy and security of all data.

Exploring the Data

Start by visiting the Data page of this site.

You can navigate the datasets by:

1 Searching by keyword using the search bar. You can choose how the results are sorted by clicking "Order by."
1 Filter by organization. Find data by contributor, including City departments, private companies and other sources.
1 Filtering by keyword. Keywords are assigned to the dataset by the Data Curator.
1 Browse the page to show all available datasets. Check that no search or filters are applied to view all datasets.

Download the dataset, or explore it right on the page. As you explore, you can filter the data fields to choose which fields you see in order to view the data in different ways.

  1. The available file format is: CSV, which stands for Comma Separated Values. This data can be opened in almost any spreadsheet application. Additional datasets formats will be available soon.
  2. Certain datasets are hosted remotely. To view them, click on “view remote dataset.” To request that these datasets be imported into the operating system, click the “request dataset ingestion” link.
1 Share a dataset on social media, view its specific license, metadata details or past versions.

Visualizing the Data

Data that contains location information can be shown on an interactive map. Data can also be visualized.



An API, or Application Programming Interface, is a set of functions and procedures allowing the creation of applications that access the features or data of an operating system, application, or other service.

  • Connect your map or app via an API, by referring to our examples with supported queries: