[okfn-discuss] FreeTable: a public commons for open data

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Sep 5 07:28:16 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 4:29 AM, Gordon Irlam <gordonipub2 at gordoni.com>wrote:

> Hi,
> Almost two years ago I mentioned on this list the beginning of
> development of FreeTable.  An open source data Wiki for open data.
> FreeTable is a public commons for open data.  An open source hosted
> cloud database service that through a SQL like API allows any
> programmer to upload and download individual data values.  In many
> respects FreeTable is a data Wiki, with notions of revision history,
> curation, and data rollback/roll forward.
> FreeTable is now ready for public alpha release.
> FreeTable is presently severely lacking in data, but the hope is to
> gradually build up relevant data over time.
> To try FreeTable out:
>    http://freetable.org/
> Any feedback, or help populating FreeTable with open and useful data,
> would be warmly welcomed.
Immediate questions:
 * what is the governance model of FreeTable?
 * Is there anything to prevent it being closed in the future?
 * it has a charging model. How is this reconciled with Free?
 * Are they any example data in FreeTable. Without this I have no idea of
how to use it.


Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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