[open-data-manual] Division of content between Data Patterns and Open Data Manual

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Thu Aug 4 12:07:32 UTC 2011

Hi All,

Friedrich recently proposed idea of a Data Patterns book/manual to
complement the Open Data Manual:


Idea is that Data Patterns would focus more on practical 'data
wrangling' while Open Data Manual would be more focused on a basic
intro and policy / process aspects. Some more possible differences are
summarized below.

Question: does this seem like a good idea or should we have everything
in one big manual?

This has immediate practical relevance as some of the items in
http://wiki.okfn.org/Open_Data_Manual#Sections_that_need_authors would
seem to be more suited to Data Patterns (e.g. "Generating information
from data") -- though there is no reason that general contributions to
both could not be organized through a single central process with a
particular contribution being allocated to DP or ODM once written.


Differences between ODM (Open Data Manual) and DP (Data Patterns)

Target Audience:
  * ODM: people new to open data and esp open gov data area. Focus
more on policy and process of doing open data
  * DP: Data Wranglers

  * ODM: Yes
  * DP: No

  * ODM: from anyone but with a structured process (non-technical process)
  * DP: just fork the repo and add a chapter (more technically oriented)

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