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Do we need the “language” tag?

Do we need the "language" tag? I see it's pretty much used as a synonym for the tag nlp.
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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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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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Tags Without Any Questions - Relying on Open Data SE for Support

I was checking out the newly released college scorecard data from the department of education[1] and noticed a link entitled "Join the Conversation" that also included the Stack Exchange logo. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Remove the tag “big-data”?

We have a big-data tag with this description: Big data is one or more datasets that together are so large or complex as to require non-traditional techniques to understand. The tagged questions ...
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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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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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Feature Request: Open Data SE on GitHub for Storing Datasets

wondering if the mods feel like setting up an open data se github account for storing datasets that are created, found, discovered, recreated, etc., from the forum. or on datahub.io. or any platform ...
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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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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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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 [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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New script: Questions needing attention

You have already scrolled the Questions page twice, and still looking for other questions to answer? This script is made for you! http://data.stackexchange.com/opendata/query/285084/questions-needing-...
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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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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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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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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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Tag:data-dictionary

The data-dictionary tag has the following description: A data dictionary, or metadata repository, as defined in the IBM Dictionary of Computing, is a "centralized repository of information about ...
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What are these numbers next to the review button?

In the past, I had some numbers to the left of the review button when there was something to review. Recently I passed 2000 reputation and there are constantly 3 or 4 items in the review queue. But ...
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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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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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Is source code on-topic or off-topic?

So images are on-topic. How about source code? I actually have a real-life need to find the source code for some product (which is presumably open source but difficult to find). Often I have to find ...
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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: “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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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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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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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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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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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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Stats on Area51 seems to be broken

The Site Stats on Area51 seems to be broken. 150 users with 200+ rep (currently 0 users with 200+ rep) 10 users with 2,000+ rep (currently 0 users with 2,000+ rep) 5 users with 3,000+ rep (...
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Creating a custom brand for Open Data

Can we improve branding of OpenData? For example, see the screenshot: We are buried with other generic networks. But looks at "Mathematica" and some others - they really stand out. We can create a ...
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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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Off-topic dialog contains duplicate close reason

Title says it all. Close dialog shows two radio buttons labeled "Blatantly off-topic". Here's a screen capture:
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No on-topic page?

As it stands, this is the entire text of the on-topic help page: What topics can I ask about here? Open Data Stack Exchange is for developers and researchers interested in open data. ...
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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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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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