New Open Data Handbook: Value stories, expanded glossary, resource library

In 2005, I learned how to make a character appear in italics on my then-blogspot.com blog by Googling, “what is the html for italics?” So I appreciate handbooks, guides and manuals. Especially when they are in open data formats because, hey, that means they’re searchable and I can find the answer through an Internet search (see how that works?).

Therefore, it is with genuine glee that I read the announcement this week about the newly updated Open Data Handbook. Through this interactive, online compedium from the Open Knowledge Foundation, you can figure out what open data is, how you can support and participate in it, and most importantly, how you can engage with open data directly.

Three new features to check out and emphasize for our somewhat embryonic but excited Northeast Ohio open data ecosystem:

1. Value stories

Look no further than the Value Stories section for evidence of how open data is done and what benefits it brings to those who do it.

The Open Data Value Stories are use cases from across the open knowledge network that highlighting the social and economic value and the varied applications of open data in the world.

And if you have examples, you can add them too.

2. Expanded glossary

We’ve linked to the glossary before but the OKFN folks understand what it takes to move not-yet-ready-for-prime-time users into the prime-time category:

Finally, as we are probably all aware, the open data community likes its jargon! While the original open data guide had a glossary of terms, it was far from exhaustive — especially for newcomers to the open data movement. In the updated version we have added over 80 new terms and concepts with easy to understand definitions! Have we missed something out? Let us know what we are missing here.

3. Resource section

I love that the people responsible for the Handbook don’t treat it as though it’s all you’ll ever need to reference if you want to get with the open data orbit: it offers a wide-ranging resource section that includes lists of links for information on data policy, data standards, data training, privacy, right to information and more.

Remember as you browse that it’s intended for use around the globe, so you will see examples and articles from around the globe, and opportunities to translate and contribute in other languages too.

Perhaps one day we will see Cleveland, Cuyahoga County or some other entity in Northeast Ohio featured as a value story or reference?

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