When you shop for a new computer system, what do you ask in your tender documents so you can publish data stored in it as open data?
Top of mind thoughts are:
- you ensure you own the data so you can apply an open licence
- you can export the data in a machine-readable format (e.g. CSV, JSON, KML)
- the data exported ideally follows an open standard (e.g. open contracting)
- the system provides an API that is:
There’s probably more to ask - metadata, code lists, data quality statements, automatically update your open data portal, to name a few.
I’d love to hear about what you ask and any lessons you’ve learnt.