Give the 2014 wiki a look if you're curious about what's gone on before.
According to the Open Data Handbook, Open Data is:
- Availability and Access: the data must be available as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably by downloading over the internet. The data must also be available in a convenient and modifiable form.
- Reuse and Redistribution: the data must be provided under terms that permit reuse and redistribution including the intermixing with other datasets.
- Universal Participation: everyone must be able to use, reuse and redistribute - there should be no discrimination against fields of endeavour or against persons or groups. For example, ‘non-commercial’ restrictions that would prevent ‘commercial’ use, or restrictions of use for certain purposes (e.g. only in education), are not allowed.
Civic data usually gets the spot light at events like this (which is great! and needed!). However, if Greenville County's content or SC Trails aren't your thing, fear not! there's loads more available.
Here are few data source options that aren't civic in nature:
- http://comics.org -- DB dump is openly licensed (no API, though...)
- http://openlibrary.org -- openly licensed book content with an API & data dumps
- http://hypothes.is/api/ -- (mostly) Public Domain comments, tagging, and conversations about URLs from all over the web.
- http://creativecommons.org -- here's the rabbit hole! Links lead to all kinds of fabulous data sources
- http://archive.org -- check the licensing stuff, but lots of it is Creative Commons licensed
- http://commoncrawl.org -- curious about building something like Google? Have a Petabyte disk you can bring on Saturday?
- http://www.openstreetmap.org -- "OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license."
Loads of other sources abound. We'll discuss some of them, find any local ones we can find, and (very likely) send emails to local content owners in government (and elsewhere) about opening their data for more awesome uses than they've currently imagined!
- Finish SC Trails screen scraping project (possibly via kimonolabs.com or import.io because new hotness)
- get in touch with SC Trails about opening that content (for real!)
- contact other local orgs about openly licensing trail / hiking data
- http://comics.org/ collection app
- http://openlibrary.org/ collection app
- Note taking / review app for use with either of the above
- As a (comic) book reader, I want to be able to share my thoughts / inspirations about the book as I read it.
- http://archive.org/ video game collection browser / offline (if possible) gaming "console"
- Continue Work on Greenville Open API for Tech Organizations and Events, a CfG project