Open Data Definition at OSCON

Luis Villa luis at
Wed Jun 30 04:41:37 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 8:18 PM, Russ Nelson <nelson at> wrote:
> Luis Villa writes:
>  > On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM, Luis Villa <luis at> wrote:
>  > > On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 7:05 PM, Russ Nelson <nelson at> wrote:
>  > >> I'm running a BOF at OSCON on Wednesday night at 7PM, with the
>  > >> declared purpose of writing an Open Source Definition for Open Data.
>  > >> Safe enough to say that the OSD has been quite successful in laying
>  > >> out a set of criteria for what is, and what is not, Open Source.  I
>  > >> think we can and should do the same thing for Open Data.
>  > >
>  > > ?
>  >
>  > Sorry, that was sent without context. Should have said that many
>  > people have been working on this problem for some time;
>  > is one of them, but there are others as well. I'm
>  > certainly happy to make some introductions if you're interested.
> Fair enough ... so then the BOF attendees should review it and
> recommend that OSI endorse it, or not.  The point of this exercise is
> not to create something from scratch, but instead for OSI to take a
> position on open data backed up by community input.

My own sense is that really the focus should be on open services; open
data is an important aspect of that but only one aspect. My own
wiki-pile of thinking on this (now 3+ years old) is here:

More in that space is here: including a decent
list of reading materials here:


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