The Story of Open Data – History and Fundamental Concepts

This course, created by Socrata Education, introduces the history of the open data movement and the fundamental concepts involved in creating open data.

Using open data can lead to a culture of data-based decision-making. Governments who use open data empower their residents and business owners. Open data has also reduced FOIA requests by giving direct access to data for the media, concerned citizens, and citizen hackers.

Watch this video to learn:

  • How transparency, participation, and collaboration have become the cornerstones of open data.
  • The difference between data that is legally vs. technically available.
  • How Personal Identifiable Information (PII) is handled in open data.
  • Review of key terms like data, dataset, database, location data, metadata.
  • Moving beyond tabular data to visualizations
  • The open data lifecycle, including ETL (extract, transform, and load)