Is asking questions about a particular data set on-topic on this Stack Exchange?

E.g. 3 questions pertaining to the MIMIC data set:

I am aware of Is asking about how to use a particular data set appropriate? but the question there is different: it asked whether asking the question "What possible uses are there for data set X?" is on-topic.

  • Can you think of any reason why it should not be on-topic? Sep 27, 2015 at 20:44
  • @PatrickHoefler I don't see "asking questions about a particular data set" listed in opendata.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic Sep 27, 2015 at 20:58
  • @PatrickHoefler Otherwise I am totally fine if it's on-topic here, I was just asking as some folks behind MIMIC were looking curious if it was on-topic here. If not on-topic here then it may make sense to create an SE dedicated to data set specific questions. Sep 27, 2015 at 21:03

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I don't see any reason why discussing specific open data sets should be off-topic on Open Data SE. If nobody objects, we can also include a statement to that effect at opendata.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic.

Update: I just amended our on-topic help page.

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