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Let's get critical: Aug 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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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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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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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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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Open Data Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on May 20 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2015 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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Revisiting: Should questions about data visualization be considered on topic?

From a search, it appears the last time this question was posed was four years ago -- since then, data visualization has matured as a field a great deal, with a fledgling ecosystem of open source ...
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Make tag [legislation] a synonym of [law]

legislation: 6 questions law: 14 questions Or is there a subtle difference I don't get?
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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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Should we get rid of the [data] tag?

As it currently stands, the 8th most used tag on OpenData.SX is data. In my opinion, this tag is much too broad and should be replaced with narrower, more fitting tags. After all, the whole site is ...
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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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Data-request: should an answer contain only one data set, or should I concatenate all the data sets in a single answer?

Assume a question is a data request. I am aware of a few one data sets satisfying the request requirement: should I write one answer per data set, or should I concatenate all the data sets in a single ...
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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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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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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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What programming questions are on topic?

I see that a recent question about the wundergroud.com API has been deleted (EDIT : was voluntarily removed by its author), probably because it was better suited for StackOverflow. In going through ...
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Looking for more data sets: write down the ones I am aware of in the question or as answer?

Sometimes I am looking for more data sets, but I am already aware of a few ones satisfying my requirements: shall I write down the ones I am aware of in the question or as answer? I'd tend to write ...
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Should there be a “best” question about food ingredients?

There are several questions which are similar: List of common foodstuffs/meals? Does any US Government agency (like FDA) publish a list of approved food products and ingredients? Open database of ...
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What Entities Are Using This Site for Their Q&A

I was told in one question that healthcare.gov is directing their q&a here. To that I have two questions: a) What groups are doing this? b) How much of this is just them dumping the job here and ...
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How to handle the same answer for multiple questions?

Many inquiries for specific datasets seem to be in regards to datasets lost to linkrot. I've answered a couple simply by finding them in the wayback machine; so my question is: do I continue to answer ...
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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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Hosting data on datahub.io: “OpenData StackExchange” organization

We recently created an organization on datahub.io: OpenData StackExchange. This was necessary for publishing data sets that are based on discussions here. Anyone can follow, but if you'd like to ...
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The [economics] tag ecosystem

Currently we have the following economy-related tags (please let me know if I forgot any): economics (33 questions, 2 followers) finance (35 questions, 1 follower) business (17 questions, 0 followers)...
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Misuse of the [database] tag

16 questions use both database and data-request. While these questions are undeniably data requests, I feel like database should not be applied to these questions: A database is an organized ...
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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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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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Are [city] and [municipal] synonyms?

Currently we have 27 city and 14 municipal tags. Neither of them has a description. Is there any difference between them, or are they actually synonyms? If we merge them, which one should we keep? ...
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Tag: “finance-data” or just “finance”?

We have 10 questions with the tag finance-data. There is no tag finance. Is it on purpose? Would it be a good idea or a bad idea to rename the tag from finance-data to just finance?
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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 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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What should be done about this panama papers data question, now that new data has been released?

Downloading the Panama Papers This question from a month ago ask for a source for the panama papers. The highest voted answer said 'Very little raw data has been released yet'. This changes today,...
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Difference between tags [medical] and [healthcare]?

healthcare: 36 questions, tag wiki written by me a few weeks ago. medical: 18 questions, no tag wiki. Could an expert please tell us the difference between the two? Or should it be just a single tag?
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Would the example questions on the Open Data proposal be topical in this site?

A few weeks ago, the Open Science proposal finally went to commitment. When the site initially was proposed, Jeanne Holm wrote: It takes a HUGE amount of effort to lift up and get people involved ...
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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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Why so few people to vote?

I've been discovering OpenData SE and although I kind of like the topic, my impression is that this SE is not doing great. I've been active on a few other SE sites for some time and one can really ...
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'Can you help' message when logged in

I just start my browser again with Opendata as its start page, click on a question without answers, and see this: Isn't the... Can you help? Open Data Stack Exchange depends on everyone sharing ...
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Understanding Bounties

I've had two answers to feature bounties accepted here very recently, but now I'm puzzled to how they actually work. Both had the "+50" icon next to them, so I assumed the correct answer would get 50 ...
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tag:census vs. us-census

So, I should have posted this before I did it, but I noticed that the application of the census tag was pretty diverse, in a way which wasn't very helpful. The "tag wiki" summary was not very helpful, ...
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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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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Open Data's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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About Data Requests

Data requests are quite a popular question here and provide a lot of value to the community. That said, quite often I feel like a certain percentage of questions are asked by users that have not tried ...
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another year, another open data day, another opportunity

Open data day is right around the corner. still a great opportunity to engage/promote/grow this site. if anyone wants to do anything or has some ideas, lets talk about it. If not, I'll just be ...
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If [crime] is OK, should we get rid of [police]?

crime: 12 questions police: 7 questions Including 3 questions with both. Can crime and police co-exist?
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Data request question doesn't show what the person already tried

On all the stackexchange forum I participate, the person asking a new question is invited to provide information on what he/she tried / researched on the topic as part of the question. Most the data-...
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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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Are data-requests crowding out other questions?

The Open Data Stack Exchange's On Topic document includes these topics within the site scope: where to find any kind of open data specific open data sets software tools related to open data best ...
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Are [geospatial] and [gis] synonyms?

Quoting from Jon's excellent post: … it's none too clear how questions are divided among maps, geospatial, and gis. I suspect they should be synonyms in the context of this site. What is your ...
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Further edits are not allowed until tomorrow?

Today, when I tried to edit my own question I got the below error. Too many edits You have already edited 17 of your own posts today (not including very recent posts). Further edits are not allowed ...
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Dot Gov Support

Its been at least two years now that dotgov has hijacked this site for their support. Hijacked is pretty harsh, but this has been a long time coming. From linking directly here from their sites for ...