R&D: Improving data publishing

Data publishers use tools to publish data. Find out how we are auditing these tools, reviewing user needs and offering solutions through open source prototypes.

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Creating open data publishing tools

Data publishers are people or organisations that create, process and publish data so that others can access, use and share it. To do this, they use data publishing tools. As part of our research we audited over 30 tools and found that they do not always meet user needs. Our work explores those needs and suggests new solutions through open source prototypes.

Our approach

Through our research, we are building on the ODI’s Octopub publishing tool which allows anyone to publish data quickly on GitHub, along with other data publishing tools such as Lintol (an open data validating tool – bit like an open data grammar checker) and Open Knowledge International (OKI – a programme to create better open data publication workflows).

Key outputs

Report: Helping data publishers to improve open data

Helping data publishers to improve open data

We spent a few months listening to data publishers and the people creating tools for them. Read our report to find out what we learned.

Open data publishing: towards better tools and processes

Open data publishing: towards better tools and processes

Publishing high-quality open data can still be costly and ad-hoc. The ODI is building and improving publishing tools to help speed up and automate the process.