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How to flag incorrect links to data on data.gov?

Just looking around, and noticed that the CSV dataset that should be a list of all elementary schools in the US, is actually a population breakdown of Canadian provinces. http://catalog-next.data....
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U.S. Supreme Court record items

Is there source of U.S. Supreme Court record items (merit and amicus briefs, appendices, etc.) from 1942? I'm interested in a general answer, but in particular, I'm interested in the record from ...
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Load data from HTML tables into OpenRefine?

One answer to the question Wikipedia table to JSON (or other machine-readable format) suggested to use OpenRefine for handling HTML tables. All I could find regarding OpenRefine and HTML tables were ...
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Is “open” data free as in speech, free as in beer, both, or something else?

In open data, should I understand open to mean: Free as in speech Free as in beer, gratis Both? Something else? For example, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) has ...
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Where are the concentrations of digital companies in the UK?

New research published this weekend suggests that the UK currently has 270,000 digital companies out of about 2.1 million total businesses. But does anyone have access to how many people are employed ...
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Examples of metadata for non-uniform collections

Are there examples of metadata — lists of what a site offers, that users search to help them decide what to download — for non-uniform collections like UCI ml or openml.org ? Metadata is ...
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Who are non-schema.org data standards for?

I'm a contributor to a project that presents municipal legislation to the public. I have been reading about the Popolo project http://popoloproject.com/ and other data specifications for legislation ...
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Self-documenting RESTful APIs: examples with WADL?

One of the hurdles in taking advantage of a data API, particularly the ever more popular RESTful APIs, is either in implementing or finding an existing implementation of the API in one's programming ...
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Need clarification: if state or city gov releases data in non-open formats (i.e. book, microfiche), *must* they now also release it in CSV format?

Consider the following not-so-hypothetical situation: A state or city government has, for many years now, released a certain data set in various "old school" formats, such as a printed book or ...
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Why should I care how a (structured) dataset is licenced?

When thinking about "Open Data" (possibly due to nothing more than my own ignorance) I am utterly confused as to what difference an open licence legally makes for structured data. "Open Data" for me ...
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Linking results from the FCC's TV Query API to the FCC's TV Stations Profiles API

The FCC has at least two APIs related to broadcast station data. One is TV Query, which can return pipe-delimited results like this (keys): |K02JU |- |TX |2 |DA | |...
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IPA phonology database

Is there any open database of English words and their pronunciation in IPA? What about other languages (Arabic, French,...)? (Please also point out the license of the DB) Update: I tried to convert ...
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What open data institutes in the US are working with the Open Government Partnership?

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global alliance of countries that are signatory to an Open Government Declaration. The United States is one of the eight founding signatories - I am curious ...
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Is the data used to calculate national CPI public?

What data is used to calculate the CPI (Consumer Price Index) and if it is open, where can I find it?
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What criteria determine a good name for an open data product?

I'm working on a new data product related to satellite atmospheric remote sensing. I'm writing an article on it for a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and the data will be publicly available. One ...
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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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Open Seed for Crawl

I am currently running a crawl of the internet using Nutch. This requires a list of URLs to start as a seed. I currently have a 500k url seed. But I am looking for any open data sources to provide ...
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What new open data do you need from the U.S. government?

Data.gov provides ~400,000 datasets from 180 federal agencies. However, I know you are interested in more data and more specific data than what is already included. What additional topics, formats, or ...
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Crowdsourcing Data Submission

I have been thinking about how it would be possible to crowdsource the collection of information. There are already many data sources, but often for the desired application the data is incomplete and ...
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Additional Detail from IPEDS Data Source

I have used NCES IPEDS data in the past, but this recent release seems to have instituted a change. In looking at the NCES college navigator site for a particular institution, I notice that they now ...
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Bioequivalent drugs in the US and EU?

I'm looking for lists of bioequivalent drugs in the US or EU. I know there is a (quite short) list from the Chilean government at http://datos.gob.cl/datasets/ver/1303 but I'd like to know if there is ...
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Are there any international non-governmental data aggregators?

We are probably all familiar with Manyeyes and google public data explorer but those are always based on governmental Statistics bureau or OECD data. Are there any projects to aggregate data that is ...
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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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Standards for documenting use caveats?

One of the problems with distributing data is that people think they understand it, and try to use it in ways that may be incompatable with the files. Examples: Years ago, one of the scientists I ...
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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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Linking FCC documents from ECFS to the Federal Register

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) publishes documents from rulemakings on its Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). These documents include filings from 3rd parties as well as FCC-...
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Spend transaction data formats

What is the best format that we cam reasonably get government bodies to publish their spend transaction data in? In an ideal world we would ask for Linked Data, where every supplier was correctly ...
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Open Web Crawling Dumps

I am currently using the Common Crawl dump of web crawl data. Are their any other good providers of free web crawling data that I can blend with my Common Crawl data?
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Sources of topograpical maps for use in LaTeX documents

I would like to add a partial map of Prague into my LaTeX document but I am lost where to begin search for maps and how to get them into the document. I suppose that once I can get EPS or PDF of map ...
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License for data that precludes government/surveillance use

I have been looking for a few weeks now for a license that has the same force as the HESSLA, namely, restrictions on the use of software for human rights violations or user surveillance, but applied ...
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Best practices for huge explorable linked data directories

The main requirements for our open data directory are: XML-based by default with ability to switch to JSON. It's important the easy way to make it human readable with just linking to XSL. All the ...
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What level of government/governing agency determines the terms of use for transportation map/gis data in the U.S.?

In the work I do I often need various pieces of geographically-based information concerning public roadways and public transportation. It seems to me (and please correct me if I'm wrong) that this ...
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CC-BY vs MIT or BSD licenses regarding re-use?

My understanding is that the MIT license allows sublicensing while the BSD license does not, meaning that license restrictions can be added to things like mashups and not to the original data as a ...
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How can a data governance framework be adapted for Open Data?

I'm interested in seeing if anyone has experience to offer in extending an organization's existing data governance model to include open data release practices. For example, how have organizations ...
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Are there best practices that government API producers should follow more so than non-government API producers?

Clearly, government agencies should default to observing the broader trends of API producers but are there particular best practices that a government API should follow? (Disclaimer - I am the Sr. ...
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Geolocation - UK places with 100,000 people within a 30 mile radius

I have a bunch of locations in a google fusion table, I've also got a population density spreadsheet from The Guardian so I have some data on population density. But I was wondering if there was a ...
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Data Source for Speed Limits

I am not even quite sure how this data would be organized. But I am looking for a data source for different speed limits in the US correlated to street name.
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Appealing a “Mosaic Effect” restriction?

The U.S. Government Policy on Open Data Memo directs agencies to take into account the "mosaic effect." Theoretically, it seems like the mosaic effect could justify the restriction of almost any data....
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What is the major difference between Open data and Linked data?

Although this is not an apple to apple comparison and there is significant overlap i would like to know examples or specific cases where a data set falls into either category but not both. Can data be ...
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Is there data on the types of cars bought and turned in during the “cash for clunkers” program?

I'm interested in determining what sort of cars were traded in and what sort of cars were purchased through the cash for clunkers program. Does anyone know where to find that data? I would hope it ...
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What would be particularly useful basic APIs for the US Federal Government to offer?

There are already certain basic APIs for census tracts, school districts, energy costs, a range of geo data, zip codes, etc. What I'm wondering is what would be other fundamental web services that ...
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Are there best practices about data lifecycle management involving citizens?

Different data portals from different countries treat feedback about datasets (i.e., errors, annotations, comments) differently, but none seems to consider feedback towards the citizens. Are there ...
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How can I access open data on the Indian rupee value, inflation and sensex index over time?

I would like to have an open data source on inflation, rupee value and sensex index data over period of 10 years of India.
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Capturing development/aid project perfromance in IATI format

IATI Standard has "result" element, which includes "baseline" and "indicator" elements to represent project performance. http://iatistandard.org/activities-standard/result/ Is there an example how it ...
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Reporting non-country specific administrative spending in IATI standard

Is there a way to represent Administrative Fund spendings? e.g. organization overhead paying for organization's admin/hr functions at HQ, not allocated to specific countries aid/development projects. ...
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Tales of woe from fixed-format (non-delimited) ASCII data distribution

It seems that many/most government surveys in the health sector are distributed in a fixed-format ASCII, often with SAS code provided to create variables out of the mess (e.g. NHAMCS values and ...
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Seeking real-world networks that have an approximately linear structure

I'm currently looking into real-world networks which can be well approximated by interval graphs. It seems natural to suspect that networks that have constraints forcing them to be approximately ...
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What's an easy-to-use tool to manage datasets?

I am quite new to open data. I see a lot of people looking for machine-readable data, but to start, I am wondering which tool I can use to start playing with some dataset. I am particularly looking ...
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How should I adapt a Schema.org microdata format for legislation?

Has anyone adapted a microdata format from schema.org for pieces of legislation?
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Ethics of publicizing public data

Recently, I worked on a project that scrapes the county sheriff's inmate locator site as a roundabout way to get insight into where the delays occur in the local court system. The photograph, name, ...

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