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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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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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Keeping track of updates to open data published as CSV

I looked through several related questions here (e.g. Tools for merging similar datasets continuously) but nothing seemed to quite answer my question. So, apologies in advance if I missed something. ...
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Open database APIs for journal article metadata

Are there any openly-accessible databases for searching journal article metadata? I’m particularly looking for abstracts, citation data, and subjects/tags/fields-of-study information. I’m looking for ...
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Are there any open datasets with technical specifications for photographic equipment?

I want to set up a free service where photographers buying or searching for discontinued photographic equipment can reference for technical specifications. For instance, most eBay-listings of second-...
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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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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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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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US Government API Usage

I'm unable to find very much data about the usage of APIs from United States federal agencies. Which APIs that have been released have the highest traffic number in terms of queries, and/or ...
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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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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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Is there an open movie and/or music database available for commercial use?

I would like to know if there is an open database for movies that could have the same amount and quality of data as IMDB. I would like it for commercial use, and free if possible. Same for music, I ...
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Does there exist an authorative definition of an open dataset?

I've seen several attempts to define open data and open datasets. One much cited is Tim Berners Lee's 5 Star crieria for linked open data. The Wikipedia page on Open Data is also often referenced. ...
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Ownership of US county property tax/assessment data?

I'm in the process of building a not-for-profit site that will aggregate current and historical property tax data for all counties in the United States and serve it via a REST API. A problem I've ...
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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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Is there a global database of all products with EAN 13 barcodes?

EAN 13 is an international system. Is there an API or database that contains all items that have these barcodes? Like all food, goods you can buy in a regular convenience store. Is there a global open ...
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Where can I find data on sales of celery varieties in Europe?

In the Wikipedia entry on Celery, the Celeriac wasn't even mentioned, while it is the "de facto celery" of the Europe. If you walk up to a vegetable stand and ask for celery, you're getting a celery ...
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English news dataset for sentiment analysis

I am looking for an English news dataset with (relevant) entities mentioned in the article labelled with the sentiment/connotation expressed on the entity by the article. e.g. A sense of the ...
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Is there a list, database or API that contains the all the product information in India

I'm looking for a database for accessing the product information which are available in India. The list of UPC's and ISBN's or all the information of a product.
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Looking for Open Data Source to Correlate Address to Latitude/Longitude (geocoding)

Are there any open data sources that can help correlate a given address to a latitude/longitude coordinate? aka geocoding
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Does any US Government agency (like FDA) publish a list of approved food products and ingredients?

For example, consider a category of "bread", it is approved by different Government agencies and are the ingredients specifically included on all products? Do any of these agencies maintain a list of ...
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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 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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Are there any regular Open Data conferences?

I'm interested in any Open Data conferences which are held on a regular basis (e.g., yearly). Are there any such conferences?
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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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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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Evidence for the economic impact of open data?

Open Data is discussed in many contexts, ranging from transparency, government accountability, and their economical benefits. Are there up-to-date studies and publications analyzing the real and ...
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Wikipedia dump files in SQL format

I need to access to history of each wiki page. I found http://dumps.wikimedia.org/fawiki/latest/fawiki-latest-pages-meta-history.xml.7z contains such data for Persian wiki in XML format. But I want ...
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How can I track updates on the release of new open data sources across the world?

Is there any blog and / or link where I can get regular updates on the release of latest open data sources across world?
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Are there any open mappings of train station identifiers in the UK?

I have a problem trying to join up train station data from different sources. There seems to be a standard to use 3 letter codes to represent each station. However, everyone seems to be using ...
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Displaying Trust and Data Provenance?

What would be the most useful way to display data provenance on an open data site? Overarching statements on the site seem to be limited in that amongst many datasets, at least some will likely have ...
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What companies, projects, and researchers are using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)'s API of data on consumer product complaints?

This data is available for bulk download and via an API at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaintdatabase/.
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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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What examples are there of Linked Data/RDF being used for open data applications?

I like to criticise strong linked data (i.e. not just REST/HATEOAS) for being impractical and too strongly based in academia. Now, I want to be proven wrong: have any end-user open data applications ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Data about biases in city service requests

Many cities have opened up data on various forms of service requests, but it's difficult to interpret these data. If we see that part of a city has more calls for potholes, does that mean that there ...
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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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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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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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Where can I find a list or directory of foundations, investment firms or individuals interested in financially supporting Open Data initiatives?

Where can I find a list or directory of other organizations, foundations and investment firms that are interested in funding "Open Data" initiatives? Those that are focused on Open Government data ...
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What are the standards for data in terms of Open APIs?

Update: It appears there have been two directions in terms of answering this question. Data interchange (ex. HTTP, FTP, P2P), and data formatting (ex. JSON, XML, CSV). My original question was about ...
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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 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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Is there a list, database or API that contains the URLs for United States city and town websites?

I'm looking for a database of URLs for every official city and town website. Ideally this list would be up to date and maintained. Freebase has some of the results and we have every city and town in ...
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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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