12 reasons your open data isn't really open
Open data for humans
I don't want to criticise open data publishers
I want to raise a concern
In the Flemish parliament, you have people working hard and people doing nothing.
Everyone must be able to use, reuse and redistribute — there should be no discrimination against fields of endeavour or against persons or groups.
Is your data accessible to non-programmers?
Is your data human readable?
By other humans than you and your peers?
Provide non-technical and easy-to-digest views of your data
Do you provide documentation, examples and tutorials on how to use the data?
Are you giving context to your data?
Are you publishing the data (+docs!) in more than 1 language?
Are you publishing docs compatible with screen readers?
The data must also be available in a convenient and modifiable form.
Opening data better
Opening more data
Are you marketing your datasets?
Promote your "best" data (newest, most relevant, highest quality, ...)
Track usage and promote most popular datasets
Are you providing previews of your data?
Users want everything in one place
Is your UI user tested?
Is your open data searchable?
Avoid hiding data in the deep web