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Open Data: the basics for newbies

What is open data?

 

There are loads of examples of open data. It can come in loads of formats. It’s data that’s open and free in accessible formats, that is machine readable. It can be any format – like a jpeg or a PDF, but that latter has become a joke in the community. PDFs are hard to get the data out of in a usable format. It’s great for people but a bit rubbish for computers.

Open data also has a licence, which makes it open. Everything else is just the icing on the cake. OGL or creative commons are common examples.
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