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Open Access: Open Data

An informative site about Open Access as a global initiative, about scholarly publishing reform, and about Open Access activities at and for the University of Florida.

Open Knowledge Foundation Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 which is dedicated to promoting open knowledge in all its forms. OKFN builds tools, projects and communities with a network of international leaders in this field.

Two projects of OKFN are of particular importance to the open data inititative:

Open Data Commons provides legal solutions for open data, including the Public Domain Dedication and License (PDDL) and the Open Database License (ODbL).

The Open Data Handbook introduces legal, social and technical aspects of open data. It can be used by anyone but is especially useful for those working with government data. It discusses the why, what and how of open data – why to go open, what open is, and the how to do open.

Other Useful Guides

What is "Open Data?"

Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.

To be considered "open," the data must have the following three characteristics:

  • Availability and Access: the data must be available as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably by downloading over the internet. The data must also be available in a convenient and modifiable form.
  • Reuse and Redistribution: the data must be provided under terms that permit reuse and redistribution including the intermixing with other datasets.
  • Universal Participation: everyone must be able to use, reuse and redistribute - there should be no discrimination against fields of endeavour or against persons or groups. For example, ‘non-commercial’ restrictions that would prevent ‘commercial’ use, or restrictions of use for certain purposes (e.g. only in education), are not allowed.

From the Open Data Handbook

Open Data in the Arts and Humanities

Research on Open Data

Open Data Repositories

Below is a sample of open data repositories. To search for open data repositories by subject or discipline, check out Databib or the Open Access Directory of Data Repositories.

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