In light of the fact that this site is about open data, is Stack Exchange based upon any open data standard(s)?

I converted the group welcome statement to open, standard, machine-readable StratML format at http://xml.fido.gov/stratml/drybridge/index.htm#ODSE

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    This would be a great question for the SE team.
    – Kermit
    Aug 22, 2013 at 15:18
  • agree with @FreshPrinceOfSO or it could be at least be moved to the meta section of this site.
    – magdmartin
    Aug 26, 2013 at 3:18
  • @magdmartin If the question is otherwise on-topic here, it's fine to keep it on the main site even though it mentions Stack Exchange. (Unfortunately, I don't immediately have an answer to it.)
    – Adam Lear
    Aug 26, 2013 at 21:52
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    Which open data standards do you have in mind? Could you provide a few examples? Aug 27, 2013 at 20:14

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I don't know much about open data standards, but as far as I'm aware, no. Stack Exchange itself isn't based on any particular standard.

We provide all publicly-accessible data via an XML-based [data dump, but I believe its schema is simply mimicking the database schema we also expose via the Data Explorer.


Every Stack Exchange site comes with a "Creative Commons with Attribution and Share Alike" statement. I would consider that an Open Data Standard.

You are allowed to:

  • to Share - to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix — to adapt the work
  • to make commercial use of the work

(Source: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

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