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Recommended standards and best practices for open data

While reports suggest that open data can add trillions of economic value as well as support developing countries, the same sources describe significant barriers that must be overcome. The lack of standardization across jurisdictions is one major barrier; it makes discovering, accessing, using and integrating data cumbersome and expensive, above the expected return. A lack of knowledge about existing standards and a lack of guidance for their adoption and implementation contribute to this situation. This report seeks to address these lacks by outlining baseline standards and best practices for open data catalogs, while taking into account the differences between jurisdictions that make the global adoption and implementation of standards challenging.

This project is designed to support and reinforce the ongoing work of the Standards stream of the Open Data Working Group of the Open Government Partnership, whose ultimate deliverable is a similar document for OGP member countries along with guidance for the adoption and implementation of standards.

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