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When Should a Tag Be Defined?

I realize there is no definite answer here, but I'm curious as to a consensus... Perusing the tags not defined yet, there are an awful lot that have a score of 2. Some of these I see being used more ...
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Releasing Gov't agreements related to Plant Hardiness Zone Map data

I made a FOIA request related to this question: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM) database. The research was government sponsored but the data is being sold to non-goverment people. My request was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we use the OpenData twitter bot to ping people with data related questions? [duplicate]

Reading the latest post on meta, I am wondering if we should / can use the OpenData twitter account - @StackOpenData to ping people with OpenData related question or in quest for a specific data set ...
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Discussion about API Guide

I've created an API guide, similar to "A Python guide for open data file formats". I'd be happy to discuss how to shape meaningful answers, as well as the phrasing of the question. I look forward to ...
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Is this question a good fit for your site?

I was reviewing unanswered questions at writers.se and came across https://writers.stackexchange.com/questions/9278/books-in-what-major-languages-are-the-least-translated-into-english which has ...
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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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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 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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Library of Congress Classification, Subject Headings?

Is opendata a good place to ask about LOC classification and Subject Headings (LCSH)? It is open data (http://id.loc.gov/download/), but I fear there are very few interested in such very narrow topics....
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are questions about open records requests valid?

So I did an open records request to the state of TX and was wanting to get some feedback from it. Would this be an appropriate venue? Thanks!
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What is “Data Citation”?

This week, I've been at meetings of the Research Data Alliance and DataCite. As part of a breakout on harmonizing "data citation" principles, I realized that people seem to be using the phrase to ...
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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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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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real-time suggestions for text, title, and tagging conventions on “where can I find data on …” questions?

I am not sure how feasible it would be, but I am now reposting the idea as a "feature-request" Answers to a previous question, Questions "Is there data of X" / "Looking for data of X&...
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Updating the FAQs and community information

As we grow and evolve our understanding as a community, it's time to update the FAQs and other site information. Some suggestions from members so far include: What is the definition of open data? How ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2013 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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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 Pay For Solutions acceptable? Or should solutions be Open as well?

A previous question asked about Open Data tools. I would like to expand this question and ask if Pay for tools are acceptable answers to these questions? Pay for data is clearly never a solution to an ...
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Can questions asking for a list of responses ever be answered?

I've noticed a few questions that are asking for what is essentially an open-ended list of responses. For example: Which real-time open data APIs do you know? Any uses of JSON-LD? These questions ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What's our policy towards link-only answers?

What should be our policy towards link-only answers? In other communities I know, for example SO, they are not welcomed, because the link may be dead in a few years, so people are expected to provide ...
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Should we encourage this community to focus on all jurisdictions, or just a subset (e.g., English-speaking)?

I can see value in both approaches, but I don't know if perhaps it is better to more narrowly serve one constituency deeply, or if there are parallel sites that already well-serve non English-speaking ...
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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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What name should this community take?

Actually, this question is my way of answering We built this site, now what? I would hazard the opinion that this site isn't "built" until it is self-sustaining and has a real sense of self. (Also, ...
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Is there any wiki to list open datasets?

I think that in future many people will ask for list of open datasets: by country, by argument (science, geography, art,..). Is a good idea create wiki like these? I think that this wiki could be ...
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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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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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How / where can we post meetings of interest to this community?

As this 'open data' community starts building, there are going to be a number of meetings that would be appropriate to advertise. For instance, the May 16-17th meeting at the National Academies that'...
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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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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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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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How do torrents fit into opendata.se?

Here are a couple of examples The Church of Wifi distributes rainbow tables for penetration testing, which I think is a legitimate use case. On the other hand if you recall when lulzsec was doing ...
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Polysemous & ambigous terms

I've been working on maintaining a "Vocabulary for Scientific Data Systems" for a few years (one of these days I'll have enough free time to clean it up and publish, but I want to get it in SKOS w/ ...
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How to address geo-specific civic open data

Beyond the country-level often the availability and format of 'civic' data is different for various geographic/governmental areas. For example, property appraisals, crime incidence, business ...
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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'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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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 ...