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research May 14: assignment May 7


results of the assignment of May 7

– definitions

JT Cobell, Emily Woo, Sol Moon

Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. Governments have to be accountable for the efficient use of taxpayer’s money: If public funds are used to aggregate the data and if the data will bring commercial (private) benefits to only a small umber of users, the users should reimburse governments for the cost of providing the data. //Wikipedia

Open public data is underpinned by the philosophy that data generated or collected by organisations in the public sector should belong to the taxpayers, wherever financially feasible and where releasing it won’t violate any laws or rights to privacy (either for citizens or government staff). //LinkedGov (

1. Data Must Be Complete

2. Data Must Be Primary

3. Data Must Be Timely

4. Data Must Be Accessible

5. Data Must Be Machine processable

6. Access Must Be Non-Discriminatory

7. Data Formats Must Be Non-Proprietary

8. Data Must Be License-free

//OpenGovData (

Open data is a cumulative process: New ideas build on earlier knowledge, so that the frontiers of human understanding continually move outward. //

“A piece of content or data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike.” //

 – background
Tim & Hilde

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