The Open Knowledge Foundation are proud to announce the launch of version 1.0 of the Open Data Handbook. This handbook discusses the legal, social and technical aspects of open data. It can be used by anyone but is especially designed for those seeking to open up data. It discusses the why, what and how of open data ‘“ why to go open, what open is, and the how to ‘˜open’ data.
What is the Open Data Handbook?
The Open Data Handbook is a valuable resource for everyone interested in open data. It covers many types of data, but its particular focus is open government data.
The Open Data Handbook is targeted towards a broad audience. It contains useful information for civil servants, journalists, activists, developers, researchers ‘“ basically, for anyone with an interest in open data!
From a basic introduction of the ‘˜what and why’ of open data, the Handbook goes on to discuss the practicalities of making data open ‘“ the ‘˜how’ . It gives advice on everything from choosing a file format and applying a license, to motivating the community and telling the world. Clear explanations, illustrative examples and technical recommendations make the Handbook suitable for people with all levels of experience, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned open data professional.
The Handbook is divided into short chapters which cover individual aspects of open data. It can be read in a single sitting, or dipped into as a reference work.
Finally, the Handbook is intended to be an organic project. It has been dubbed v1.0 for a reason ‘“ we hope that there are many more versions to come! We welcome feedback and suggestions; more on this below.