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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are questions about obtaining potentially “closed” data on topic?

I am coming from the Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange site, so I am not particularly familiar with this site's norms yet. However I am excited to see a potential new home for the very ...
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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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What is Reinvent 311? (Hint: It's an NYC Hackathon)

Win prizes. Check out Stack Exchange Headquarters and meet Joel. See here for the official hackathon site, and read below for more.
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Good news for this site, and possibly a source of search traffic

President Obama signed an executive order for the USA yesterday ordering that "going forward, newly generated government data shall be made freely available in open, machine-readable formats, while ...
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Create canonical question for sources of weather data?

Barry Carter started the question Sources of weather data "to create a community wiki answer for sources of weather data (both current and historical), since it gets asked so often". Sounds like a ...
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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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Unanswered questions + site analytics

We have quite a few unanswered questions (25%) which doesn't help make it out of Beta phase. https://opendata.stackexchange.com/questions?sort=unanswered In my opinion, some questions don't have ...
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There are Few Accepted Answers

It seems that very answers are accepted here. Are the answers all that bad or do the OP's just not care to accept?
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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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Inform Open Data Communities for OD stackexchange

Lately, I had several discussions with members from various Open Data communities and I realized that only a few of them are aware for Open Data StackExchange site. I was wondering if there is ...
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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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Is moderator monopolization healthy for the site?

My sampling may be skewed, but when I look at recent questions, I see a significant number of them edited by one of the moderators. I don't see this phenomenon on other SO sites (or at least I haven'...
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500 questions :)

This question is just to congratulate this community for the first of many 500 questions :-) Despite this awesomeness. We should worry about the Area51 metrics: 1.1 questions per day | ...
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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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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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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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If OpenStreetMap did not exist, would it be OK to ask for it as a data-request?

Is it OK to post a open data request for things that either: will never be open data or which would require Wikipedia/OSM class efforts to gather For instance, let's say we are in 2002 and ...
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Is this an appropriate place for discussion of individual Open Data tools?

Even though I haven't been able to participate much I would really like to see this space succeed. I'm wondering if this space would be an appropriate space for discussion of open data tools. ...
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Difference between [parsing] and [extracting]?

Currently we have 7 parsing questions (with 8 followers) and 9 extracting questions (with 3 followers). Is there really a difference between these two tags? Or should we merge them instead? If so, ...
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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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Open Data Beta, How are we doing?

So I am looking at the area51 page about the Open Data Beta. We currently have 3 sections that "Needs Work". Being 2/3rds of the way through the minimum 90 day beta, is this beta in danger of being ...
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Open Data ads on Stack Exchange

Let's create ads to make Open Data more widely known! Propose your designs below, and also post them on the target networks. Also, please upvote the ads where they are posted: Only ads with more ...
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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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Is asking for a design 'open data', i.e. on topic?

In this question the OP is looking for designs for school construction. Does that fall in the scope of the site? If it does, it seems people can ask for any digitally stored (not copyrighted) ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Integration with Semantic/Web Data Community?

Hi Open Data folks, we were just starting a Semantic Web/Web Data/Open Data community, and struggling with questions of names and scope, when we were pointed to the beta Open Data community here, ...
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How can I get 20 more reputation?

I put a 100 bounty on this question: Downloading the Panama Papers Unfortunately, I can't comment on the answers given, because I'm now down to 31 reputation (comments require 50). Is it possibly to ...
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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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Is anything Google ever the correct answer?

I have asked a few questions on the site, and people are replying with things like Yelp, and Google Maps. As far as I am concerned these are the definitions of not open data. What course of action ...
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Are surveys on-topic?

Is it okay to ask for surveys here? E.g.: I am looking for surveys indicating the percentage of Frenchmen who are in favor of allowing UberPOP in France.
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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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What is the “40 minute rule” about?

I tried to post a question on the site, and received a message to the effect, "you can't post anything else until 40 minutes are up." In fact, I hadn't posted anything for three days. (I have two ...
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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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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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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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Where to find questions that are being closed on other sites, but would be on-topic here?

I often randomly find questions (on StackOverflow, Statistics, etc) that are getting closed because they ask for data. Since we lack questions, we should monitor these channels and educate askers ...
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Turn [file-format] into [data-format]?

There are currently 27 file-format questions. Only four of those questions have the term "file format" in the title, whereas six include the broader term "data format". The way I see it, file-format ...
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semantic web technology questions should go to a new stackexchange community

To my mind most of the questions about semantic web topics and technologies are off-topic in open data stackexchange. While open data covers topics like: freely available/ open data pools knowledge ...
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Open Data vs. Open Content

Do we want to allow questions about Open Content on Open Data SE? If not, where do we draw the line between Open Data and Open Content? To clarify, with Open Content I mean creative works that are ...