Definitely not. The County collects a good deal of data that would be inappropriate or even illegal to publish. Examples of these types of data would include personal health information (sometimes gathered through services by the Department of Human Services) criminal investigation data (such as active court documents) or personally identifiable information (such as one’s social security number and birthdate). This type of data is protected by federal law.
Aside from these and other types of privately held and protected information, there is still a great deal of information available that qualifies as Open Data. The County’s Open Data team works closely with other staff to collect, process, protect, and use government data, with a focus on determining the benefits and risks of publishing it. We use a thoughtful and transparent process that enables Arlington County Government to provide the public with the information to which they are entitled, and at other times, explanations for the data that cannot be shared. Visit this blog site often to see what new datasets are being published and more posts like this one.