Open Data

Assumptions of features of the data:

    • available to anyone

    • formats are published at worst, open at best

      • "open" means not one organization/company or consortium controls the specification

      • process and final decisions argued in public, decisions published


    • minimum: downloadable zip files

    • ideal: API with uptime guarantee

      • how do you guarantee uptime? Does guaranteeing uptime make sense?

    • accuracy

    • precision

    • scrubbed for privacy

      • is a description of data removed noted for the record? Necessary?


    • revisions? diffs?

    • distributed repositories? what about retraction? verification?

    • data marketplaces (e.g. SimpleGeo)? "Let the market decide."