Denver’s open records database went dark for days, unannounced, and just reappeared

Denverite: Millions of publicly available data points about Denver’s government disappeared last Friday after the website that hosted them went dark. The city’s open data catalog reappeared Tuesday, apparently after Arvada’s government renewed the domain name.

The database is a one-stop shop for reams of information both granular and meta. The public can access data about crime, city finances, traffic crashes, travel expenses — 250 data sets are available to rifle through.

But on Nov. 15 the website for OpenColorado, the nonprofit that hosted the catalog, went dark, along with publicly accessible data for the City and County of Denver. The website domain expired. Scott Primeau, who co-founded the nonprofit in his spare time, told Denverite he has not been a part of the organization for years.

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