OPEN DATA




Open Data

Everyone enjoys discovering interesting datasets, but useful datasets are even better. The problem is that the open data movement has been too successful by some measures.

We have gone from a relatively data poor environment in government and nonprofits to an amazing repositories of open data assets, including Socrata and CKAN’s Open Government data portals, the US Federal portal at www.data.gov, and over 80,000 academic datasets posted on Dataverse.

Data is more useful when it comes with a vignette that provides some information about the nature of the data and potential uses. We will work to update the site with some helpful datasets for public affairs programs in the near future.

In the meantime, enjoy some of these resources:

Overview

  • Background on the Open Data Movement [ link ]
  • Ben Wellington’s TED Talk on Open Data in NYC [ link ]

DATA Act

  • The Data Transparency Act [ overview ] [ link ] [ link ] [ link ]
  • Keynote Speech on Importance of DATA Act [ link ]
  • Progress Tracker on Federal Open Data Compliance [ link ]

Impact of Open Data

  • I Quant NY [ link ]
  • Realizing the Promise of Big Data: IBM Center for Gov.  [ link ]
  • Data Used in 2017 Public Policy Dissertations [ link ]

Guides & Best Practices

  • Project Open Data [ link ]  [ principles ]
  • Open North standards [ link ]
  • Sunlight Foundation’s Open Data Guidelines [ link ]
  • Global Impact of Open Data Book: GovLab / O’Reilly [ link ]
  • The Hidden Cost (and Benefits) of Open Data [ link ]
  • Data Maturity Framework [ link ]
  • How to Share Data for Collaboration [ link ]

Government Portal and Resources

  • How to Make Government Data Sites Better [ link ] [ link ]
  • US Cities Open Data Census [ link ]
  • Statewide Portal Tested in California [ link ]
  • Five Largest Cities Now Have Open Data Policies [ link ]
  • 40 Brilliant Open Data Projects for Smart Cities [ link ]




Useful Data Sources

APIs

Open Data for the Nonprofit Sector

Poverty Action Lab Catalog of Administrative Data

A guide to data sources that have been used as the basis of sampling frameworks for randomized control trials (RCTs) in the US.

Data-Driven Journalism Project Portals

Data journalists are making their stories transparent by posting the data and code used for their work so that it can be easily replicated or the work can be extended.




“Awesome Data” Catalog

This is just a sample of some datasets that would be relevant to the public and nonprofit sectors from the larger catalog of open public sources curated and managed by AwesomeData.

Agriculture

Climate+Weather

ComplexNetworks

DataChallenges

Economics

Education

Foundations

GIS

Government

Healthcare

PublicDomains

SearchEngines

SocialNetworks

SocialSciences

TimeSeries

Transportation