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What is open data?

Open data is part of Councils being more open and transparent; about sharing certain non-personal information and datasets and making them freely available for everyone to use as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other controls.

The idea of open data is outlined in the government's Open data White Paper  (June 2012).

Open data published by the Council is open to use, you do not have to apply for permission, on the condition that you adhere to the terms of the Open Government License for public sector information

The data contained on this website is in open and readable formats that can be easily re-used: where appropriate it is formatted according to a specific schema.

Open data can be used to create information, publications, systems and applications that are both useful and innovative and are of benefit to the wider community.

Please note that we reserve the right to change the format and nature of the data that we publish.

Our open data is published under one of three directives:


Data North Yorkshire

Craven District Council is part of Data North Yorkshire, a partnership of local authorities and organisations to become more open with their data.On the Data North Yorkshire you can qury our open data alongside that of other councils, with on-screen previews and API interfaces available.

Craven District Council publishes a number of spatial datasets on data,