Code of Conduct

This code of conduct governs all members of Open City community - from the backend team, partners and collaborators, to the volunteers and website visitors.

Expected Behaviors

People are at the center of all that we do so it’s critical that, as we strive to do excellent work, we also demonstrate mutual respect for one another and exemplify our core values in all that we do.



We are nothing without each other. We connect communities, and it is our mutual respect for one another that keeps us moving forward.


Sensitive and Thoughtful

We are constantly sensitive to the fact that we are not just dealing with numbers, but that we are dealing with people's lives.

Approachable and Fun

Whether you’re a nonprofit, a data scientist, or just someone interested in learning more, we welcome you to this community and strive to make sure you have a great experience.

Transparent and Open

We are completely transparent in what we do, how we approach problems, and how we think about the world.

Committed to Excellence

We strive to continuously learn and improve.

Committed to Diversity

We welcome diverse viewpoints, diverse skillsets, diverse backgrounds and actively seek this in our community.


We are committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for people of all races, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, physical appearances, socioeconomic backgrounds, nationalities, ages, religions, and beliefs. 


Every member of this community is expected to work hard, be considerate of their colleagues across the community, and contribute to a collaborative, positive, and healthy environment in which we can all succeed.

Unacceptable Behaviors


Discrimination and harassment are expressly prohibited in our community. Do not make assumptions about a person’s level of expertise based on their gender, race, class, sexual identity, or gender presentation. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: 


  • Violent threats or language directed against another person
  • Intimidation; stalking; unwanted photography; inappropriate physical contact
  • Use of sexual or discriminatory imagery, comments, jokes, or language
  • Sexist, racist, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory or derogatory language
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.


Any behavior or language that is unwelcoming, would hurt someone or make them feel uncomfortable—whether or not it rises to the level of harassment—is unacceptable in our community. 


If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the admin team will notify that participant that their behavior has been reported and may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender and/or expulsion from the community itself.


Credit: We thank the Datakind community for support and inspiration. This text is based on DataKind's Code of Conduct.