Learn about and build apps with civic data for the Pacific Northwest.

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Contribute to nwdata.org by forking the repository on GitHub. If you're not about to fork the repository and just want to suggest a data source, app, or other resource, you can currently make that suggestion via our issues queue on GitHub.


Explore apps built with open civic data.


  • BusDrone – See the position of Seattle busses in real time! Source on Github.
  • PDXLiveBus – See the position of TriMet busses in real time! Source on Github.
  • VeloRacks – Find bike racks and nearby businesses.
  • wherecanipark – Interpret Seattle Street Parking to determine where you can park. Source on Github. API on Github.
  • NW Ferry – Find schedules, fares, alerts, cameras and vessel location information for the Washington State Ferries (uses the WSDOT Traveler API).
  • Built environment

  • Seattle In Progress – a mobile web app for seeing what's being built in Seattle
  • Educational / How To

  • What Do I Do With...? – Allows residents and businesses in King County to find locations to recycle and responsibly dispose of unwanted items. Source on Github.
  • Fire / Crime

  • @seattle911 twitter bot Source on Github.
  • Food safety / restaurant inspections

  • Dinegerous – King County Food Inspections
  • Maps

  • Seattle's Heritage Trees Source on Github.
  • Map My Districts – Determine if a set of addresses are within a neighborhood or district boundaries by uploading bulk spreadsheets of Seattle addresses or drawing arbitrary polygons. Currently an internal tool for the Seattle Chamber of Commerce but may open to the public in the future.
  • Wikis

  • SeattleWiki – A community-authored resource for Seattle, WA
  • PortlandWiki – The community powered knowledge commons for Portland, Oregon.
  • localwiki.net/pdx – A community-authored resource for Portland, Oregon.
  • BoiseWiki – A community-authored resource for Boise, Idaho
  • OlyWiki – A community-authored resource for Olympia, WA
  • Port Townsend Wiki – A community-authored resource for Port Townsend, WA
  • Help with this section on GitHub.


    State Specific data

    Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia are rich with public data sources. Here's a list of what we've found, with descriptions of datasets of note that are available.

    British Columbia

    Greater Vancouver


    Multnomah County


    Census data

    NW Geo data


    Coming soon! Help on GitHub.


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    Based in the Pacific Northwest, these companies offer services related to open data, data visualization, etc.

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