Monday, May 18, 2009

Why and How: Making Data Open

Our similarly-named-but-unrelated-peers, the Open Data Commons, have posted a guide to making your data open, briefly explaining why you might want to do it, and how to do it right.

Here's their take on why open data is important:
[Open data is] crucial because open data is so much easier to break-up and recombine, to use and reuse.
And their take on the need for clear licensing:
Licensing is important because it removes uncertainty. Without a license you don’t know where you, as a user, stand: when are you allowed to use this data? Are you allowed to give to others? To distribute your own changes, etc?

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