A recent talk given by DataKind UK gets us thinking about the attitudes to Open Data in the charity sector. Is there a reluctance to share data? If so, how can this be addressed to help charities collaborate and collectively work towards common goals.
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It goes without saying that we are huge supporters of the Open Data Institute (ODI), but from today we are now official supporters of the ODI as part of their members network.
Most of the data that organisations hold will be in some form of flat data, either in spreadsheets or relational databases. In order for the data to achieve either 4 or 5 star levels of Open Data, this data must be changed to not only use non-proprietary formats but it must also use URIs so that each object can be linked with other data across the World Wide Web.
At NetworkedPlanet we've been specialising in developing systems that help organisations classify and organise their content for over ten years. The Data Platform brings our experience and insight to a product designed to help organisations of all sizes publish Linked Data.