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A database of open databases?

While there are many open databases available, is there a database or the project that would contain the information of such databases? In other words, is there an open meta-database of open ...
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Benefits of using CC0 over CC-BY for data

I've heard a few times that for data one should use rather CC0 (Creative Commons - Public Domain Dedication) license than CC-BY (Creative Commons - Attribution). What is the reason for that? (As ...
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Let's suppose I have potentially interesting data. How to distribute?

This is a very simple question: Suppose that I have some sort of specialized data, perhaps that I've collected myself or been a part of the collection. And suppose that nothing prevents me from ...
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What are the most common ways that users find out about new data sets?

I am interested in how typical open data users, such as journalists, researchers, companies, developers, and others, find out about new open data sets today. For example, how do sources like search ...
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What are the practical limits of releasing open data via bit torrent?

I know that there are political issues (my place of work bans all peer-to-peer software without an explicit waiver), but how well does bit torrent scale for distributing large data collections where ...
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What are your responses when people tell you they can't open data?

I'm part of Sunlight Foundation's local team working on opening up local governments and city data, specifically. We're working on a blog post rounding up the most common reasons cited by governments ...
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Should we open our data?

Our company runs a business similar to Yelp but limited to a regional area. Currently we are thinking of licencing our Point of Interest database under a free licence. Of course that would mean that ...
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How to publish real-time open data

I'd want to publish some "real-time" data, i.e. my FV panel energy production, on a server. Which is the best way of cataloguing the data and make it available? Energy is just an example, say that I ...
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What are some OpenData torrents to seed?

BitTorrent can be an efficient way to "host" a large data set that are static. Also, BitTorrent is a good mechanism distribute a large data set as part of a open data project without funding or ...
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Should data APIs require registration and API keys?

When publishing a data API, there seems to be a conflict between requiring a user to sign-up for an API key and the principal of open access. What is best practice in publishing an open data API ...
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Preservation of blog posts, articles and essays

I am curious if there is there any good way to guarantee that my articles (posted on personal sites and other blogs) will last? Is there a reliable repository for articles, post and essays? Or are ...
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How to publish open data on my website? (Or: from CSV to RDFa)

I already spent some time importing data in a tabular form from a PDF published by an official institution. I would like to publish this table on my website. The data is nicely formatted in CSV. Is ...
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How do I share Open Data with others on this SE site?

I have some data which is Open(free from copyright, patents or other control mechanisms) and I want to share it with the users here. How do I do it without having to host it on some other server and ...
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Releasing old historical/genealogical datasets as open data

I work with a a couple of small non-profit genealogical and historical groups and we are interested in releasing some of the datasets we've compiled over the years as open data. This information is ...
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Where to upload open data? (no online data editing needed)

I have CSV and RDF files that I would like to upload somewhere so that everyone can download them. What is the most appropriate website for this? I need at least: Easily upload, just select the ...
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From an entrepreneur's perspective, are there reasons to open data?

Open data is perceived as being free. One argument against open data I often hear is that by making data open, you might lose your advantage over the competion. This way of thinking also keeps some ...
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What are the most useful formats in which to release geospatial data?

In the past, I have released data as zipped Shapefiles (for the professional GIS crowd) and KML/KMZ (viewable by anyone using Google Earth). Are there other formats that would be especially helpful?
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How to embed licenses within SVG?

This is a split refactored from an older post containing too many questions about licenses in SVG Tiny 1.2 using RDFa as suggested by Patrick Hoefler. See also question Interest of double lincenses CC-...
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Publishing Weather Data under Creative Commons / Peer Production License

I am from a volunteer at FSHM (Free Software Hardware Movement, Puducherry, India). As a part of our community project, we have been working on building a weather station using Freedom Hardware. We ...
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Is there a roadmap for opening all the data for a city or municipality?

In Chicago, a lot of data has been released on the City's Data Portal, but I have no idea how much is left to be opened. The strategy I've noticed governments seem to follow is to start with a ...
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What methods are used to prepare sensitive data for public access?

I am a policy researcher looking for the best technical methods to sanitize data so it can be uploaded to data portals. I am not working with a specific dataset but looking to gain an understanding of ...
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Data about completed prison term by country

I'm looking data (preferentially free and open data but I can afford small payments) by country worldwide on the percent of population that have completed a prison sentence or were sentenced. I only ...
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Alternative to GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification)?

I recently heard of GTFS as a specification for the times and geographic information regarding transit networks. It is initially used by Google to integrate them into Google Maps but is now made to be ...
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How to make a successful FOIA request?

There are several questions regarding making a US "Freedom of Information Act" reqest (FOIA) for data: What is the best way to request machine readable data from a FOIA request? - (this question and ...
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Categories and varieties of Open Data licensing?

My background with open/free licensing is only within FOSS. An example of category differences within FOSS is Copyleft/Permissive. There is a variety of licenses even within these categories. GPL, MIT ...
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What are the most common issues with data cleaning (e.g. outliers, duplicates)? Who has data sets that need to be prepared for analysis?

When preparing data for analysis, I often encountered issues such as outliers, data entries that are logically inconsistent (e.g. age=150/age=-2), duplicates (that are not exactly equal) etc. When ...
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What needs to be done to be 4 or 5-star open data?

I work at a University which is trying to open up some of its data. We make some of our data available as PDF or Excel documents. The 5-star deployment scheme has been referenced a fair bit in Europe ...
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Interest of double licenses CC-BY-SA + ODbL for SVG maps

This is a split refactored from an older post containing too many questions about licenses in SVG Tiny 1.2 using RDFa as suggested by Patrick Hoefler. See also question Embed two licenses within SVG. ...
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What's the best way to host map tiles?

I'm interested in generating some open-source maps, with possibly world-wide coverage. I know that depending on the number of zoom levels I include, the number of tiles can be very large, taking up a ...
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What are the data quality measures for open data?

How does a consumer know they are getting good data? Are there standard frameworks for grading the quality of an open data set? Should there be metrics published around accuracy, completeness, ...
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How can I reliably host and share large data sets?

Relevant to this answer, I discovered that datahub.io has a 100MB limit on file uploads. I was disappointed to learn this, and it tooks many server errors to realize I should read the FAQ, where I ...
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Standards for capturing organisational data like budgets, procurement, salaries

I'm currently starting a large project to capture and classify published CC-BY-NC data of an international aid organisation into standard open formats. (There's an overview of the project online at ...
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Is there a centralized schedule of data release dates for U.S. federal agencies?

Is there some centralized or streamlined source of data release schedules for major U.S. government agencies? Something that combines sources such as the BLS Schedule of Data Release, ACS Data Release ...
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What is the appropriate way to timestamp/determine recency of given data set?

Certain U.S. federal grant applications require the use of "recent" data, e.g. data used to support the application should come from recent (i.e. within the past 5 years) published source Is ...
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Which format (CSV, JSON, Atom, RSS?) should events data be published in?

I'm developing recommendations for local councils publishing event listings. Compared to other kinds of data, events data seems very likely to be used by web and mobile apps (as opposed to downloaded ...
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Persistent publishing of data. My nations DataCite does not cover my field; alternatives?

I want to make my geophysical dataset available for all humanity for all future. Until now, I'd put the data on our institutes' FTP server and write the link in the academic article I'm publishing. ...
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Recommended BitTorrent tracker/index for dataset release?

I have a large dataset which I plan to release to the public (around 80GB compressed, 1TB uncompressed), and after considering my options it appears that using the BitTorrent protocol would be the ...
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Where can I publish small database for free?

Is there any site where one can easily publish a small database (<5MB)? Ideally, the data should be published in a way that it could be sql selected by number of parameters. Just like any national ...
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What's a good file format for sharing 3D models of cities?

Some councils have 3D models of the buildings which they're considering sharing. What would be a good format to encourage them to use, if possible? I had thought 3DS would be the standard, but ...
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How can I Share my Data Sets Without Worrying About Copyright Issues?

I'm doing a lot of research in the field of Digital Text Forensics (e.g., authorship attribution, authorship verification or author profiling). In this field there are only very few data sets ...
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What are best practices for where to answer agency specific Open Data Policy implementation questions?

USAID recently launched a Frequently Asked Questions page to handle Q&A concerning their policy ADS 579. These Q&As are directed at both internal and external audiences. I could see posting ...
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Protocol/software to publish weather information online

I've got a temperature and humidity sensor that captures the data outside the house and whose data I collect every 5 minutes. Is there a standard protocol/format that I can use to publish those data ...
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Suggested formats for open data documents

I work for a software company and am thinking about publishing our training manuals as open (creative commons) licensed documents, so that others can use them, edit them, and derive new products/...
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What is a ready to use wordpress CMS template for serving open datasets?

I am trying to serve certain open datasets in tabular form , converted to Google fusion tables/ spreadsheets etc to any interested audience. I am not a web developer but am knowledgeable enough to ...
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Open data quality frameworks

I'm looking for some kind of lightweight framework for assessing the quality of datasets, as a publisher. The most widely known one is Tim Berners-Lee's "5 star open data", but it's actually not very ...
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Is metadata about data from my clients my data or the clients?

I hope this is the right place to ask. I thought that a forum about open data would probably attract people who know about how open data is (or NOT is) :) we are a company that (among other things) ...
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Is there any documentation or case study of scaling up an Open Data API?

Forecasting open data demand is quite challenging. A new public dataset means more downloads, a new app results in way more requests. It would be interesting to discuss the throughput of open data ...
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What should I do with a database of public library greeter questions?

I work at a county public library, and recently I found out that our greeters have been writing down the questions patrons ask them. I gave them a form to make the data more coherent and I've been ...
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Is there (or should there be) a standard way to categorize procurement data at the municipal level?

One of the data sets that I see being released by cities is information about what services cities are procuring. For example, the City of Chicago lists their contract award data like this: https://...
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Reliable point spatial data of cities of New Zealand

Can anyone refer to the reliable and freely available point location spatial data source of the cities of New Zealand. N.B. I used several data source but found all of them are not accurate e.g. this ...