Open data

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Open data

See also WebDev#API, Free/open, Semantic web

  • The ODI - Open Data Institute, works with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem, where people can make better decisions using data and manage any harmful impacts.

Data sources

  • The Our World in Data-Grapher - The Our World in Data Grapher is the open-source tool to store and visualize data developed by the Our World in Data team.As every other tool developed and used at Our World in Data, the Grapher is also open source and free to use on any other web publication. You can find all the code in the Github repository, published under the MIT license.

Hubs / platforms

  • CKAN is a fully-featured, mature, open source data portal and data management solution. CKAN provides a streamlined way to make your data discoverable and presentable. Each dataset is given its own page with a rich collection of metadata, making it a valuable and easily searchable resource.


  • This new resource is an outcome of the Jisc-funded SKOS-HASSET project, led by staff at the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex, which owns and manages HASSET. Like dictionaries, thesauri describe the changing world around them; this is why the UK Data Archive continues work to ensure HASSET is up to date. Simple Knowledge Organisation System(SKOS) makes the thesaurus machine-readable. It is the version of Resource Description Framework (RDF) specific to classification resources. It encodes these products in a standardised way to make their structures comparable and to facilitate interaction.


  • is a key part of the Government's work on Transparency which is being lead by the Transparency Board. implementation is being led by the Transparency and Open Data team in the Cabinet Office, working across government departments to ensure that data is released in a timely and accessible way. This work is being supported by Sir Tim-Berners Lee & Professor Nigel Shadbolt. There are a number of technical partners involved in the project to date. These include the Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network (CKAN): CKAN runs the catalogue at as well as a growing number of open data registries around the world. It is a project created by the Open Knowledge Foundation to make it easy to find, share and reuse open content and data. The CKAN software provides a web interface, programmer's API, feeds notifying of changes, and a browsable history of all changes. The API is documented here:
  • Who is doing what? - This page lists the domains which publish and maintain linked data and short term projects developing the government use of linked data. Most sectors have one or more SPARQL endpoints, which enable you to perform searches across the data; you can access these interactively on this site.
  • London Datastore has been created by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as an innovation towards freeing London’s data. We want citizens to be able access the data that the GLA and other public sector organisations hold, and to use that data however they see fit – free of charge. The GLA is committed to influencing and cajoling other public sector organisations into releasing their data here too.
  • Open Data Communities - Open Access to Local Data. This site is the UK Department for Communities and Local Government's official Linked Open Data site. It provides a selection of statistics on a variety of themes including Local Government finance, housing and homelessness, wellbeing, deprivation, and the department's business plan as well as supporting geographical data. All of the data is available as fully browsable and queryable Linked Data, and the majority is free to re-use under the Open Government Licence.






"Action 2.4 We will develop proposals with partners for releasing more government information and data for use by the public. Initial proposals to be developed and implementation to begin by end of July 2011. We invite suggestions for areas where the greater availability of public data could lead to new services or innovative applications " - March 3 2011


  • ALISS stands for Access to Local Information to Support Self Management. It’s a wide-ranging project taking a number of approaches to making it easier to find local self management support.






  • - YAGO2s is a huge semantic knowledge base, derived from Wikipedia WordNet and GeoNames. Currently, YAGO2s has knowledge of more than 10 million entities (like persons, organizations, cities, etc.) and contains more than 120 million facts about these entities.








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  • Observable - Discover insights faster and communicate more effectively with interactive notebooks for data analysis, visualization, and exploration.



See WebDev#API

  • Swagger Specification - an API description format for REST APIs. An OpenAPI file allows you to describe your entire API, including:

  • - a framework that automagically handles HTTP requests based on OpenAPI Specification (formerly known as Swagger Spec) of your API described in YAML format. Connexion allows you to write an OpenAPI specification, then maps the endpoints to your Python functions; this makes it unique, as many tools generate the specification based on your Python code. You can describe your REST API in as much detail as you want; then Connexion guarantees that it will work as you specified.