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Published: 2016-12-04T04:12:42Z

 



Donate to the commons this holiday season

2016-11-10T19:23:15Z

Holiday season is nearly upon us. Donating to a charity is an alternative form of gift giving that shows you care, whilst directing your money towards helping those that need it. There are a lot of great and deserving causes you can support, and I’m certainly not going to tell you where you should donate your money. But I’ve […](image)



The practice of open data

2016-11-08T19:52:48Z

Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share. Open data is the result of several processes. The most obvious one is the release process that results in data being made available for reuse and sharing. But there are other processes that may take place before that open data is made available: collecting […](image)



Discogs: a business based on public domain data

2016-11-04T22:28:25Z

When I’m discussing business models around open data I regularly refer to a few different examples. Not all of these have well developed case studies, so I thought I’d start trying to capture them here. In this first write-up I’m going to look at Discogs. In an attempt to explore a few different aspects of the service […](image)



Checking Fact Checkers

2016-11-01T19:39:02Z

As of last month Google News attempts to highlight fact check articles. Content from fact checking organisations will be tagged so that their contribution to on-line debate can be more clearly identified. I think this is a great move and a first small step towards addressing wider concerns around use of the web for disinformation and […](image)



Elinor Ostrom and data infrastructure

2016-11-01T19:03:32Z

One of the topics that most interests me at the moment is how we design systems and organisations that contribute to the creation and maintenance of the open data commons. This is more than a purely academic interest. If we can understand the characteristics of successful open data projects like Open Street Map or Musicbrainz then […](image)



“Open”

2016-10-21T14:51:31Z

For the purposes of having something to point to in future, here’s a list of different meanings of “open” that I’ve encountered. XYZ is “open” because: It’s on the web It’s free to use It’s published under an open licence It’s published under a custom licence, which limits some types of use (usually commercial, often everything except […](image)



Current gaps in the open data standards framework

2016-10-21T14:22:02Z

In this post I want to highlight what I think are some fairly large gaps in the standards we have for publishing and consuming data on the web. My purpose for writing these down is to try and fill in gaps in my own knowledge, so leave a comment if you think I’m missing something […](image)



Why are bulk downloads of open data important?

2016-09-19T17:47:27Z

I was really pleased to see that at the GODAN Summit last week the USDA announced the launch of its Branded Food Product Database, providing nutritional information on over 80,000 food products. Product reference data is an area that has been long under-represented in the open data commons, so its great to see data of […](image)



People like you are in this dataset

2016-09-15T22:38:10Z

One of the recent projects we’ve done at Bath: Hacked is to explore a sample of the Strava Metro data covering the city of Bath. I’m not going to cover all of the project details in this post, but if you’re interested then I suggest you read this introductory post and then look at some of the different […](image)



Help me use your data

2016-08-31T18:12:51Z

I’ve been interviewed a couple of times recently by people interested in understanding how best to publish data to make it useful for others.  Once by a startup and a couple of times by researchers. The core of the discussion has essentially been the same question: “how do you know if a dataset will be […](image)