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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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Would a dataverse tag be welcome?

Some of us who work on the Dataverse project ( https://dataverse.org ) just had a meeting to discuss how to encourage our community to ask questions, answer questions, and build a knowledge base ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Tag synonyms: [us] vs. [usa]

Currently, we have two tags attached to questions related to the United States of America: us and usa We should definitely consolidate them into one tag, because they have exactly the same meaning. ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Shall creating or cloning services from scratch be considered on-topic?

The current FAQ is pretty generic, and doesn't go into much detail about what's off-topic. I just reviewed the following: Movie/song database like IMDB. I would like to flag it for closure as off-...
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Tag for open data discovery/publicizing resources

I don't have a particular term in mind, but there have been a few questions related to how open data resources are publicized and/or how they are most easily discovered by potential users and I am ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 / 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...