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Would It be possible to get an explanation of what Open Data is added to the FAQ?

The intro portion of the FAQ currently reads Open Data Stack Exchange is for developers and researchers interested in open data. for people who don't know what open data is could a bit more ...
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OpenData Twitter feed: @StackOpenData

The OpenData Twitter account is @StackOpenData. Where can I find more information such as who runs it and how can we improve it? I checked @StackEnglish and @StackGerman and none, including @...
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What's your interpretation of the “Open” in “Open Data”?

What's your interpretation of the "Open" in "Open Data"? What differentiate this site from its relatives such as Statistical Analysis or Data? Edit: Some questions I have in mind: Is GPU ...
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How a good data-request question should look

More than half of the questions on OpenData are data-request questions, so I think it is time to think a bit more about: How would the ideal data-request question look like? What are the minimum ...
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Questions “Is there data of X” / “Looking for data of X”

I think that for all questions looking for particular data (as opposed to questions e.g. asking for the legal side of data) there should be a tag .g. data-hunt, or at least there should be a good ...
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Programming / database questions with no clear Open Data focus

Examples: Good tools to parse repetitive unstructured data Extracting tables from multiple PDFs I just realized that these question, although they could of course be applied to Open Data, have no ...
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What is this site's tagging philosophy?

As designed: The tags page is an essential map of what your community is, and is not, about. The general outline of Open Data's tag landscape right now: Count TagName Body ...
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Will we allow questions that deal with computational linguistics corpora?

It seems that such corpora are best discussed at Linguistics.SE and questions about specific NLP frameworks such as NLTK are best reserved for SO. And yet these questions have been asked: Building a ...
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Are (RDF) vocabularies/ontologies on-topic?

(As the What topics can I ask about here? help page doesn’t list what is on-topic here, and the answers I found on Meta are rather broad, I’m not sure if, or to which extent, questions of the ...
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How to increase Site Stats?

Looking on the Site Stats, I feel that we do something wrong. Open Data beta is active for approximately 250 days and we are far away from the standards. 259 visits/day: I search for good questions-...
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Is there a point to this site beyond data-hunt questions?

This question asks whether we should have a specific tag for all questions of the form "where can I find open data about [x]"? However, it appears to me that this is just about the only type of ...
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We built this site, now what?

The majority of the questions are always in two main stereotypes: data request, and methods/tools to handle data. I love the idea of having a site where I can ask for some really fancy dataset and ...
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Are data extraction techniques on-topic?

Reference : Extracting tables from multiple PDFs Some close vote raised the question of techniques and particularly data extraction techniques as on- or off-topic. One can argue some other sites, ...
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Posting about data sets

If I learn about a public data set that others might find interesting, how should I let others know? Should I ask a question, such as, "Is anyone looking for outbreak data"?
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Are data visualization questions on-topic?

I'm wondering if dataviz questions, like "What's the best graph to compare data between geographical locations (i.e. GDP)?". It's not directly related to opendata, but it's the kind of question that ...
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Are all Semantic Web technology questions on-topic?

Semantic Web technologies include for instance SPARQL, RDF, etc. Are all questions about these technologies OK? (I hope yes, personally) Or are these questions accepted only if they are used on open ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Open Data Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Are pictures on-topic or off-topic?

I am looking for open-licensed pictures (beyond Google Images) of: the 2012 Uzbekistan Cup the كارنده چال‎ village John Bilsborrow the H7N2 virus Would each of these questions be on-topic or off-...
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answers.semanticweb.com is dead. Should we do something about it?

The Q/A site answers.semanticweb.com had existed forever, it had a huge amount of great questions and answers. Miscontent with the managing company was a factor in the creation of Open Data. The site ...
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What's off-topic?

There are a few questions so far that seem open-ended or otherwise kind of off-topic. While I don't want to be a buzz-kill, it seems like it may make sense to provide some guidance. Here's one that ...
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Is asking questions about a particular data set on-topic?

Is asking questions about a particular data set on-topic on this Stack Exchange? E.g. 3 questions pertaining to the MIMIC data set: What is the exact date when data started to get recorded in MIMIC-...
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Let's update our on-topic help page

As some of you have noticed, our initial on-topic help page didn't really do much to define the site scope or explain what we mean by open data. It was time to change this. Please have a look at the ...
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Healthcare.gov linking to this site - ask them to update their site?

The US Healthcare Finder API is linking to this site: Have Questions? See if someone has already answered your question here, or ask a new question They use the healthcare-finder-api tag, and the ...
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Is asking about how to use a particular data set appropriate?

I would like to get input on what type of challenge I could propose with a dataset: https://data.cms.gov/Medicare/Inpatient-Prospective-Payment-System-IPPS-Provider/97k6-zzx3 would it be appropriate ...
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Are radical edits appropriate on Open data SE?

Yesterday, somebody asked how to build a service like IMDB, with the title: Movie/song database like IMDB Today another user more or less rewrote the entire question, and changed the title into: ...
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At what point is a question too vague for this site?

Questions in the SE format need to have succinct answers. I believe some of it comes down to the wording of the question, but where will the line be drawn for questions that are considered too open ...
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Is Open Data significantly different from the proposed Open Science site on Area 51?

There is a proposal on Stack Exchange Area 51 for a new site called Open Science. A question was raised there about merging, which mentioned in passing the idea of merging with the Open Data site, and ...
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Answers that reference non-open datasets

I've noticed that some answers reference non-open datasets (like here). Should these answers be voted down or flagged as low-quality? Obviously a component of open data is opening closed data sets, ...
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How should we handle affiliation disclosure?

The FAQ currently pretty strongly discourages promoting things in responses, and requires that affiliations be disclosed when doing so. I realized I hadn't done that in a response and went back and ...
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Editing a Tag's Name, Wondering About US Gov Involvement, Just the Usual

I came across the labor tag for the first time, and I'm of the opinion that its wrong and needs editing. If the Department of Labor wants their own tag, then something more specific that is also ...
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are webscraping data on topic?

Reviewing the question How to scrape rugby union data from espn.co.uk, should we allow web scraping question. This is a wide topic ranging from: technology used for scraping navigation and selection ...
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Are real time information systems on-topic?

I wrote this question about real time catastrophes information systems. The definition if this question should be on-topic it is probably important since it brings to the table a new (given the ...
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How to deal with country specific questions - tags for countries

SOme questions may be USA specifici (e.g., freedom of information act) We should have a system of tags for countries.
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Are graph visualization/tools on-topic here?

I asked this question concerning tools to visualize and analyse graphs. Following the suggestion of Dmitry Kachaev, I would be interesting to discuss if this kind of question is on-topic. Despite of ...
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Is data collection on-topic?

Example: Building a Sentiment Analysis Dictionary for a Non-English Language Most questions here are about retrieval or processing of data. Should data compiling be considered on-topic? Personally, ...
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Historical statistics

Do you know if historical statistics from area51 are available? For instance, how many users we had yesterday and how many the previous day?
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Open Data Day Involvement/Promotion

This weekend is Open Data Day 2016, with events convening globally. Hopefully many participants will be able to utilize ODSE, I'm sure some will. How can user involvement be encouraged and maximized? ...
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Should we get rid of the [data-request] tag?

Over half the questions have the data-request tag, and the tag also applies to a lot of questions that don't have the tag. It seems to me that this tag doesn't add much in terms of filtering. What do ...
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Rename [healthcare-finder] to [healthcare-finder-api]

There are currently 6 questions tagged both healthcare-finder and api — and I'm sure there are more to come. I see two problems: The official name seems to be HealthCare Finder API Most healthcare-...
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Do we really need the “untagged” tag?

Currently, there are 8 questions that are tagged untagged. Those 8 can easily be edited to no longer include the tag untagged, but I would argue that it should be destroyed altogether. I am having a ...