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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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Open and proprietary data in determining federal funding eligibility

For federal grant applications, specific geographical areas and populations often have to meet minimum qualifications in order to demonstrate a need that allows them to apply for a grant (e.g. median ...
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What is the best way to request machine readable data from a FOIA request?

Maybe there is no way to request a specific file type but what is the best way to request a file (paper or digital) that can be converted easiestly?
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What finance data sets would be particularly useful to release?

The U.S. government publishes a range of finance data sets (see, e.g., www.Treasury.gov/financedata). What additional data sets that the government already collects would be valuable if released in ...
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How should I categorize municipal legislation?

I'm working on a site to help Chicagoans understand what their city council is doing. As part of that effort, I would like to roll up the many different types of legislation into a handful of ...
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Checklist for soliciting non-identifiable data from FOSS-users for open data project

So, looking at geonames, I am finding that there are a significant number of blindspots regarding zipcode mappings. Many countries are missing. Some countries have abbreviated data (prefixes in ...
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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 is the governance of the US Government's Project Open Data?

The US Government just launched Project Open Data on GitHub, which includes best practices, free tools to accelerate adoption of open data practices, and common core metadata for the federal ...
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Restrict search to open datasets on CKAN's Data Hub?

The Data Hub, powered by CKAN, is an impressive collection of datasets available on the web. Currently it lists more than 6000 datasets — however, not all of them are available under an Open Data ...
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What is the plan for the US Government's Data.gov?

The US Government recently announced an intent to upgrade Data.gov. What are the specific technical plans to do so?
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How do United States federal agencies release data?

I'm interested in the process of how an agency, like the EPA, GSA, or Department of State, finds a dataset they wish to release, selects it, and how they go about releasing it to the public. How do ...
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Is there an API or global source for US ballot information?

I'd like to be able to query to discover what's on the ballot - from local measures to Presidential elections. Is there a source that combines all of this data? Or is there a standard that's ...
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Is there a list of Chemical Weapon Industry Facilities/Funders?

This question was recently asked on NICAR and got crickets: Can anybody point me in the right direction for data on state or regional presence (or lack) of chemical weapons industry facilities/...
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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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Non US-centric databases on boards of directors and government agency memberships?

Are there any open (and preferably inter/multinational, not just US) databases on membership to boards of directors and leaders of government agencies? For instance, Little Sis has mostly US data (...
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Is there a list of all municipal government forms in a machine readable format?

I've found a list of government forms at the US federal level by looking at the OIRA PRA Information Collections XML file. Is there a list of similar forms at the state/local level for the US?
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Given a federal agency, what can I expect to find on the regulations.gov API?

As an example, I'm very interested in working with rulemaking data from the FCC. Because the FCC is an independent agency, I've heard that its publishing requirements are different from non-...
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Database with English words with grammatical classification?

Is there open database with English words with grammatical classification? I mean the list of words, with the information, which part of speech this word is (f.e. verb, noun, pronoun etc.).

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