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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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When does the open beta phase begin?

I want to alert someone who knows way more than I do to this site, letting him know when he could begin to participate. Other than the general guide that private betas last 1-2 weeks, is the date ...
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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 ...

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