Open data is data which may be freely used and repurposed.

Data (as opposed to text or other creative works) cannot considered to be under copyright in US law and can therefore be considered public domain; however data is covered by copyright under the laws of some other countries.

Some data sets (for example from the World Bank) are published under an open license. Open licensed and public domain datasets are referred to as open data.

"Scientific data, once published, are considered to be in the public domain and data generated from federally funded research, such as by Smithsonian research investigations, are regarded as public property." - Dr. Kate Jackson, The Ethics of Specimen-based Research, 25 June 2003, University of Toronto. (This opinion may not be universally held.)

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Open Data - Open Knowledge Foundation Blog, advocating for open data.

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Capitalse the D in Data?[edit source]

Perhaps a small quibble but - can we perhaps move this page so that in the canonical version the "D" is capitalised, i.e. "Open Data"?


  1. "Open Data" is enough of a particular concept and defined movement that in my view it is usually referred to with both words capitalised - e.g. see
  2. Wikipedia also do it this way -

And then could redirect "Open data" to the capitalised version?

cheers --PatSunter 21:56, 18 December 2012 (PST)

I think that's a fair call - it is a particular concept and defined movement, as you say. (Actually the Wikipedia article is a redirect - they use the lower case, just the first word using a capital, like any article. But we don't need to follow them on everything. They're at the lower case end of the spectrum when they make these decisions.) Re the redirect, that's created automatically when moving.
Anyone else have a preference?
Pat: you could either wait a bit for any responses, or just be bold & do it - it's easy to undo if need be. I could do it, but you might like to try moving a page - just click the move tab on the article. Thanks --Chriswaterguy 00:08, 19 December 2012 (PST)
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