Louisville Data Commons is an open data website designed to store and share data generated by Louisville Community members and non-profit organizations with a key focus on data about Louisville. The University of Louisville Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, in support of its mission to translate research to the public and public policy makers, operates this resource to fill the gap for storing non-government and non-commercial data. Aligning with the city’s goals, Louisville Data Commons makes creating new tools and learning about our community easier than ever.



Data Commons is governed by a multi-stakeholder group that is led by community volunteers. The Louisville Data Commons Committee consists of 8 members:

  • A representative from the Envirome Institute: selected by the Director of the Envirome Institute for a two-year term. This person is responsible for planning and facilitating meetings.
  • A data administrator: two-year term
  • An assistant data administrator
  • A representative from Louisville Metro Government
  • A non-technical nominated member of the community
  • A non-technical nominated member of the community
  • A non-technical nominated member of the community

Each of the three nominated positions has a one year term but no term limit. The members in these positions should reflect the geographic diversity of the city. To be eligible to join the committee, you must be nominated by others or by yourself. At the end of each year, the committee will convene to review nominations and to vote on the committee for the following year. Committee responsibilities include attending (by phone or in-person) the monthly committee meeting, engaging with the community, and helping to manage the Commons and its datasets.

If you think you or someone you know would make a good addition the Louisville Data Commons committee, nominate here: Nomination Form

Current Committee:

  • Grace Simrall: Grace Simrall was named Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology for Louisville Metro Government in August 2016. She is responsible for advising the Mayor and leading the city’s Smart City initiative, transforming the resident experience of digital government, and facilitating co-creation of breakthrough civic innovations. Making government data open by default is a critical component of the work and the Louisville Data Commons provides the community the same opportunities.
  • Ted Smith: Ted is an associate professor of Medicine and deputy director of the Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His research program is focused on the environmental factors that may modify cardiometabolic disease risk. A second area of focus is the development of new models and frameworks for translating scientific knowledge to the lay public, healthcare industry, and policymakers. Ted leads the Research Translation Core for the University of Louisville Superfund Research Center. He created the largest real-time asthma surveillance research program AIRLouisville. Ted received his B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Allegheny College, his M.S. and PhD in Experimental Psychology from Miami University and completed his post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Man Vehicle Laboratory. Ted was co-investigator on Neurolab space shuttle mission. @tedsmithphd and https://www.linkedin.com/in/tedsmith/
  • Aaron Drake: As an active community member, Aaron works with adults in reading, mathematics, programming, and mental health education. His passion is to design software products that are intuitive to use, that scale effectively, that are secure by design, and that comply with accessibility standards.
  • Nur Ozgener: Nur is a healthcare IT professional with experience in data center operations, process improvement, and disaster recovery. She serves on the board of Brightside, Cleanliness Committee, Meyzeek PTSA and Science Fair Committee. Nur is also in Louisville Leadership’s 2019 Bingham Fellows Class focusing on mobilizing community for student success. She was an adjunct faculty at Sullivan University and University of Phoenix and continues to teach mathematics, entrepreneurship and STEAM classes to K-12 students.
  • Naphtali Zazueta: Naphtali is an entrepreneur who started his first business at the age of 15. Many know him for his work as a Web Developer at Beech Technologies (Business he co-founded). He is a firm believer in LEAN and all the good that comes with it. If there's a more efficient way to do something, he will help you find it.
  • Arnita Gadson: Arnita Gadson is the Executive Director of the West Jefferson Community Task Force, Executive Director of the Environmental Quality Commission for the Commonwealth of Kentucky retired, Environmental Justice Director, University of Louisville, retired, has a Masters in Management and Human Resources from Webster University, Louisville, Kentucky and a B.S. in education from Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Ky. President and CEO of Gadson Enterprises and Gadson Community Projects Management, Inc.
  • Zoe Gerstle: Zoe Gerstle a financial analyst at Kindred Healthcare. She previously worked as a data analyst for Electro Motive Diesel, the rail division of Caterpillar, as well as helped design, implement, and teach the Freshman Engineering Projects course at the University of Illinois College of Engineering. A native of the Chicagoland area, she received her undergraduate degree in statistics and philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and just recently received her Masters of Science in Business Analytics from the University of Louisville.
  • Parker Duff: Parker Duff is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Economics + Computer Science. He was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky graduating from Louisville Collegiate School in 2017. He is passionate about sustainability and environmental issues. In alignment with his belief that access to environmental information should be a right, he strives to make quality information more accessible. Working alongside Aaron Drake and under the guidance of Ted Smith in 2019, he helped build and design this website.


  • How does it work?:
    • Data is generated by the community, maintained and hosted by The Envirome Institute and available for research to all with the goal of creating actionable plans to improve the livability of the community.
  • Who owns the data?:
    • Shared data will be subject to the Creative Commons Attribution unless otherwise indicated.
  • How do I contribute data?:
    • Send an email with your dataset, your organization (if applicable), and as detailed descriptions as possible to [email protected] or fill out this form
  • What data can I publish?
    • Eligible data includes but is not limited to citizen science, science projects, experiments about Louisville, sensor projects, air or water quality data, weather data, non-profit community data, odor reporting, and noise reporting.
  • What is not eligible?
    • Inappropriate materials, personally identifying data, personal file storage, non-community data, and commercial file storage are prohibited.
  • How much can I contribute?
    • There is a size limit of 3 GB per user. Users wishing to upload more than 3GB should contact [email protected]
  • How do I download or analyze the data?
    • When you find your desired dataset, click “View Dataset.” From there, you will be able to see the default resource views, and you will be able to download the data or access it through an API. The Download and API links appear in rectangular boxes at the top right of the page.
  • Who decides what data are displayed?
    • Only datasets and resources that are reviewed and approved by at least two members of the LC Data Committee will be published. If the desired organization is not listed or you are unaffiliated with any, upload the dataset or resource under the “Public” organization. All data submitted are thoroughly reviewed before they are published. The Louisville Commons Data Committee will carefully vet each submission to ensure that it follows the guidelines.
  • Will data ever be deleted from the commons?
    • To ensure that everyone has the ability to publish, files that are not updated for one year may be taken down because of storage costs. The contributor will be notified 30 days before the removal and will have an opportunity to appeal the removal of data. We recommend that people store data locally if possible.