We produce free tools and guides to help you to manage, publish and use data. We’ve researched and developed these tools ourselves with input from the wider community.
We contribute to the creation of technology, tools, standards, and techniques for the benefit of all, focusing on five themes:
Publishing – making publishing data in the open simpler than keeping it closed.
Collaboration – enable open data publishers and users to work together to create and maintain high-quality datasets.
Discovery – help people find the data they are looking for, and discover relevant data they didn’t even know existed.
Integration – automatically combine diverse datasets to create new insights and support decision making.
Infrastructure – create a resilient global data infrastructure so that open data is universally accessible and reliable.
These tools help you to think about how you maintain, publish and use data, and the policies and processes you should build around it.
The Data Ethics Canvas is designed to help identify potential ethical issues associated with a data project or activity. It promotes understanding and debate around the foundation, intention and potential impact of any piece of work, and helps identify the steps needed to act ethically
We’ve developed a new guide to help organisations identify and map data ecosystems. The tool isn’t just useful for creating a visual map of how data is shared across an ecosystem that exists around a product or service
Policymakers sometimes struggle to see how data can be used to create impact in the world. They know that open data is relevant to the digital economy and building better public services but fail to see the many other ways that data can be used. We have produced some re-usable solutions (design patterns) that help government policymakers to see how data could be used to create impact
Open standards for data are reusable agreements that make it easier for people and organisations to publish, access, share and use better quality data. This guidebook helps people and organisations create, develop and adopt open standards for data. It supports a variety of users, including policy leads, domain experts and technologists
Our Open Data Pathway will help you to discover your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses, identify areas of improvement to optimise progression and receive practical recommendations to help achieve your goals
Our toolbox is a collection of free tools that help with data publishing. Many of them work together to create an integrated ecosystem for open data.
Free guides and reports
- Guides 31/12/2013 What makes data open? The truth around open data
- Guides 31/12/2013 Publisher's Guide to the Open Data Rights Statement Vocabulary An introduction to the ODRS vocabulary, and includes a number of worked examples that illustrate how to use the vocabulary to publish rights metadata in a number of different ways
Reuser's Guide to Open Data Licensing
- Leigh Dodds
- Guides 23/12/2013 Re-user's Guide to the Open Data Rights Statement Vocabulary This guide provides some advice on how to use metadata published in the ODRS vocabulary within your applications to help simplify the process of attributing and citing the sources of your data
- Guides 22/12/2013 How will open data affect me? How open can change they way we live our lives
- Guides 22/12/2013 Engaging with reusers Explicit community building, engagement and outreach work can help to maximise the value that your data brings to your organisation and to others
Publisher's Guide to Open Data Licensing
- Leigh Dodds
- Guides 29/11/2013 The Open Data Consumer Checklist Accessibility, Ownership & Licensing, Form, Quality and Support
- Guides 20/10/2013 How to make a business case for open data Four steps to maximise the advantages of opening data