Here’s a presentation I gave at an internal get-together with researchers at the Observatory last month.
My aim was to translate the core principles of the open data movement, and summarise the key policy developments over 2009–2010 into meaningful and immediately applicable things you can do now. I tried to tailor the presentation specifically to people working with data every day as part of their research work.
The presentation also relates to helping non-technical staff contribute to open data initiatives by making small changes to existing working habits – the first three of Ed Summers’ five stars of open linked data:
|★||make your stuff available on the web (whatever format)|
|★★||make it available as structured data (e.g. excel instead of image scan of a table)|
|★★★||non-proprietary format (e.g. csv instead of excel)|
|★★★★||use URLs to identify things, so that people can point at your stuff|
|★★★★★||link your data to other people’s data to provide context|