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OpenSecrets Moves To 'Open Data' Model
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| CRP is expecting all sorts of data mash-ups, maps and other cool projects to
| result from the new capability. Transparency group the Sunlight Foundation
| helped fund OpenSecrets.org's OpenData initiative to make millions of records
| available under a Creative Commons "Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike"
| license. CRP will continue to offer its data to commercial users for a fee.
Why We Need Open Data
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| The same post gives perhaps the best explanation of why open data is
| important; it's nominally about open data in science, but its points are
| valide elsewhere too:
| * Science rests on data. Without complete data, science is flawed.
| * Many of todays global challenges require scientific data. Climate,
| Health, Agriculture…
| * Scientists are funded to do research and to make the results available
| to everyone. This includes the data. Funders expect this. So does the
| * The means of dissemination of data are cheap and universal. There is no
| technical reason why all the data in all the chemistry research in the
| world should not be published into the cloud. It’s small compared with
| * Data needs cleaning, flitering, repurposing, re-using. The more people
| who have access to this, the better the data and the better the science.
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