March 1, 2012
The Open Knowledge Foundation's 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.
This handbook is the most recent addition to Open Knowledge's series of handbooks and guides:
- DataPatterns focuses on the technical aspects of data wrangling, and
- Guide to Finding Public Domain Works Online is intended to assist people who are interested in exploring works which have entered the public domain.
The first comprehensive practical guide for the data journalist, The Data Journalism Handbook, is forthcoming.
Hat tip to DigitalKoans. [JH]