Open data & you

Many individuals and organisations collect a broad range of data in order to perform their tasks. But why is this of interest? Because a range of this data could be made open, meaning many different groups of people could access and freely re-use the data for a variety of different purposes. As the Open Data Handbook states, "the nature of innovation is that developments often comes from unlikely places".

The notion of open data has been around for some years, but is a tremendous resource that is as yet largely untapped. While numerous definitions of open data exist, most focusing on similar characteristics, it can generally be defined as data that is:

  • freely available to download in convenient, modifiable, re-usable, and open formats
  • licensed with minimal restrictions to re-use • well described with provenance and re-use information provided
  • managed by the provider on an ongoing basis.

Join us during International Open Access Week 2015 for an informal session titled, Open data and you. This session will introduce you to the concept of open data; provide information on how to produce open data, and how open data can have a positive impact on future research. Lecture will be followed by light refreshments.


Dr Dan Andrews

Bioinformatics Fellow, John Curtin School of Medical Research - the importance of data in genomics research

Dr Julia Miller

Senior Data Manager, Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre for Excellence for the Dynamics of Language


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