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The Open Data Handbook version 1.0

The Open Knowledge Foundation launched version 1.0 of the Open Data Handbook (formerly the Open Data Manual). The Handbook discusses the ‘why, what and how’ of open data – why to go open, what open is, how to make data open and how to do useful things with it.

The Open Data Handbook is a valuable resource for everyone interested in open data. It covers many types of data, but its particular focus is open government data. It is targeted towards a broad audience and contains useful information for civil servants, journalists, activists, developers, researchers – basically, for anyone with an interest in open data!

From a basic introduction of the ‘what and why’ of open data, the Handbook goes on to discuss the practicalities of making data open – the ‘how’. It gives advice on everything from choosing a file format and applying a license, to motivating the community and telling the world. Clear explanations, illustrative examples and technical recommendations make the Handbook suitable for people with all levels of experience, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned open data professional.

Read more about this book at http://blog.okfn.org/2012/02/22/announcing-the-open-data-handbook-version-1-0/ or read the handbook at http://opendatahandbook.org 

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