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For questions related to making data available for others to use.

The process of releasing data includes formal 'publishing' of data, with static data and a formal quality control process, making data available via web services or other APIs, or the informal 'dropping a bunch of files on some FTP or web site'.

For a deeper disussion of the types of data release, see Parsons & Fox's "Is Data Publication the Right Metaphor.

These questions are assumed to be from the point of view of the organization that is making the data available, rather than from someone consuming the data.