Open Data Handbook Published

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The Open Knowledge Foundation has officially launched the Open Data Handbook. It addresses the legal, technical, social and organizational aspects of opening up data for free re-use.

A first draft was created by a small group of open data enthusiasts late 2010, amongst which 3 of the ePSIplatform team members, in a weekend-long session in Berlin. Since then, a wide group of editors and contributors have added to and refined the original material, to create the Handbook now published as Version 1.0.

As the OKF writes in their blog about the 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."

If you are interested in adding material to the Handbook, or contribute in another way to new and improved versions of it, we and the OKF are looking forward to hearing from you. Join the mailing list, or find out how you can help create a version in your language.

The Open Data Handbook