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What's a good resource for learning OpenRefine?

The book, Using OpenRefine, has been a really good resource, but is there anything better?
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Accessing CATO Deep Bills with Ruby

Has anyone written any Ruby libraries for working with Cato's Deep Bills Project?
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Public source for financial company customer counts?

I've built a dashboard that uses complaints data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to show the companies with the most complaints. The results are kind of interesting, but also rather ...
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Difference(s) Between Datahub.io and CKAN

datahub.io is powered by CKAN, and as far as I can tell, seems like a watered down flavor, perhaps for a certain user base. The about page isn't very helpful..does anyone know the exact differences ...
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Sources of political voting records at the county level?

Is there a database of which party (Democrats/Republicans/Other) won which county/zip code in a U.S. presidential election? Even better would be a panel of these data. If no public database like this ...
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Open data community ideation tools?

Which communities are doing a good job on capturing community ideas around open gov / civic technology / policy improvements? Additional Questions? If you were to break out ideation categories, how ...
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Data licensing question

So here's the situation: I built a database (text file) that consists of a few sets of data (for example, but not really), "car name", "car parts", etc. The "car name" data and others are under no ...
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Data for word hierarchies

I'm looking for a dataset which will give me is-a and has-a type relations between senses (and give senses from words). WordNet seems to be the most popular model, but I'm trying to evaluate other ...
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Is Data.gov down due to the government shutdown or is it down for good?

I can't access data.gov. It says it's due to government funding. Is it down because of the US government shutdown and will be back or is it down for good?
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Data on Android/iPhone apps by user?

I am trying to get my hands on data about app usage (iPhone and Android) by user. The users would be anonymised I assume, but I would need to link them to the range of apps they use or have installed ...
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Historical values for the German “Sonntagsfrage”?

In Germany, there are several surveys on voter's preference ("If there were an election next sunday, which party would you vote for"), the so-called "Sonntagsfrage". Are historical values available? ...
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How should I respond if a government official says he won't release data because no one cares about the data?

From the Sunlight Foundations's list of Reasons (Not) to Release Data. Sometimes governments say they won't release data because no one outside government is interested in the data. Variants of this ...
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Government shutdown causing linked open data to go away

With the government shutdown now upon us, and many groups going to be performing an 'orderly shutdown' of their systems in a few hours... How can systems that rely on linked open data make sure that ...
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Can you use data if no data license is explicitly stated?

There are quite some datasets out there that simply doesn't contain an explicit license (e.g. CC-BY). At best a one-line statement is given that the data is "open data". Can I simply state that when ...
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Open Data Standard for Stack Exchange?

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 ...
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Where can I get digital cartographic maps of Brazil?

I have a personal database of cartographic maps that I used for many purposes, mostly planning campings and other outside adventures. I'd like to have similar data about Brazil.
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How to get wikipedia daily updates

I installed media-wiki on ec2 machine and loaded the wikipedia page-articles dump content and other relevant data into that. I want to update the data regularly(daily) but I didn't get any resource ...
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Looking for lat/long coordinates of proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route

I'm looking for a list of lat/long coordinates of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route, which Enbridge (oil company) wants to build in BC. My goal is to build a web app that displays the ...
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Federal Shutdown: Raw SNAP (Food Stamps) participation data source

With the Federal government shut down, my source of raw SNAP participation rates is gone (both USDA and Data.gov are offline). Any suggestions about where I could find this data? Any suggestions of ...
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How should I respond if a government official says she won't release data because she doesn't think it will be useful?

From the Sunlight Foundations's list of Reasons (Not) to Release Data. Sometimes a government official won't release data because she doesn't see what the utility is. Variants include: There’s no ...
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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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How do you respond when government says it needs more proven results to release data?

We've rounded up some of the reasons governments cite for not releasing data to the public. We're asking for help now in refuting those reasons. You can read more in this blog post: http://...
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I need a KML file for Northern Ireland BT postcodes

I'm displaying a map of territories, which consist of UK postcode districts (e.g. SN12) The wikipedia page for each postal area includes a kml file that includes each district separately, which I'm ...
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How do I escape an ampersand in a Socrata SODA 2 API call?

How do I escape & in a Socrata SODA 2 API call? For example, http://data.cityofchicago.org/resource/xh8b-g55w.json?$where=license_description='Special Event Beer & Wine'&$limit=1
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How do I escape a single quote in a Socrata SODA 2 API call?

I'd like to request a query that includes a single quote '. http://data.cityofchicago.org/resource/xh8b-g55w.json?$where=license_description="Caterer's Liquor License"&$limit=1 returns { "code"...
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How do I Get that Juicy Economic Data from BLS.gov (Bureau of Labor Statistics) into Zip Code Format?

You go to BLS.gov. Click on any one of the links up on their menu that you fancy - I specifically am interested in Consumer Expenditures or disposable income...potential demand..things of those ...
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How do you respond when government cites costs for not releasing data?

We've rounded up some of the reasons governments cite for not releasing data to the public. We're asking for help now in refuting those reasons. You can read more in this blog post: http://...
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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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What do the permit types in Chicago's Building Permit Data mean?

The documentation for Chicago's building permit data seems to be out date. Anybody know what Permit Type "PERMIT - NEW CONSTRUCTION" and "PERMIT - RENOVATION/ALTERATION" mean?
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GitHub license for code written by US Government Employee

When I open a new project on Github, I see a selection of licenses in a drop-down list, which currently looks like this: None Apache v2 License MIT license Affero GPL Artistic License 2.0 BSD (3-...
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Is data scraped from Govt agencies and in public domain considered open data?

We have been scraping information regarding oil wells drilled in a particular state using web scraper from the state regulatory agency. This agency provides an arcane interface for this information. ...
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What does OpenRefine offer that other data-parsing tools don't?

I see OpenRefine mentioned a lot here, but I don't see it doing much that R and others can't. What capabilities does it offer that I'm not seeing in the promo page that R or other data packages ...
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Postal codes and city districts worldwide for download

I am searching a database of all zipcodes / postal codes and the city districts (part of the cities) in the world. Is there some service like the GeoNames database? I spoke with GeoNames, but they don'...
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Programatically request recent close prices for a list of stock tickers

I have a list of stock tickers and for each ticker I need today's close price and yesterday's close price. I could use (have used) Yahoo Historical Data API by sending GET requests of the following ...
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Examples of scraping from “real-world” data sources using OCR, etc?

Are there any examples of open data that have been scraped from "real-world" sources? To explain what I mean by "real-world", here are some (made up) examples and then some criteria: Train departure ...
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Requirements of the Open Data Commons Attribution License

When OCLC released their WorldCat data under Open Data Commons Attribution License last year, there was a question in the library community as to exactly what would be required for adequate ...
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Metropolitan Railway Datasets

Where can I find commuter-related datasets for underground transportation (subway, metro)? The NY MTA is a good example, and there is also the Transport for London data feeds. I would like to have ...
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Crawling user data from different applications

I would like to know if there is an existing tool/crawler/scraper/service to crawl the data of a particular user from different websites and applications. For example, can I crawl the data of a user A ...
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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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