[open-development] practical answers

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Fri Sep 21 15:00:51 UTC 2012

Welcome Robert!

Thanks very much for getting in touch. Before adopting any particular
metadata scheme to expose your information, it would be good to take the
more basic step of using an explicit "open license" to publish information
on your site.

You say that (some of) your website is "open source" - but it isn't clear
to me which bit? It would be good to display an open license - such as the
Creative Commons Attribution license or any others listed at
opendefinition.org/licenses - in the footer of your site, and make it clear
to what this applies (presumably everything by default?):


With regards to publishing data - it would be great to hear more about what
kind of data you publish. Any links to the data would help people to think
about what other kinds of metadata schemes you might look at.

All the best,


On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM, Robert Cartridge <
rob.cartridge at practicalaction.org.uk> wrote:

>  Hi****
> I am looking for some help and advice. I’ have perused your website but
> not sure quite where I fit!  ****
> I run the knowledge sharing service of the international development NGO
> Practical Action. We have a series of websites attracting more than 1.5
> million visitors per year, to download information about appropriate
> technologies for poverty reduction.  ****
> The main site is www.practicalanswers.org The information is free of
> charge and “open source”. We want to get it as far and wide as we can.
> Increasingly we want to provide feeds to other websites. Most recently we
> have had contact with the people at http://www.reegle.info/ who are
> encouraging us to adopt their metadata scheme “linked open data” in order
> to facilitate better sharing and collaboration. ****
> Before we go down this route we wanted to try and map whether there are
> any other open metadata schemes which we should be aware of so that we
> don’t end up investing in a potential “beta max”. As a non- techy marketing
> person, I am looking for some help in finding my way through this maze –
> can you point me in the right direction please?****
> Many thanks****
> ** **
> Rob****
> ** **
> Rob Cartridge****
> Head of Practical Answers****
> Practical Action
> T 01926 634556
> M 07867 507069****
> Skype rcartridge-practicalactionuk****
> Twitter @RobCartridge
> P.S. Have you seen our new technical brief on appropriate technologies for
> baking?. Find out more at http://practicalaction.org/baking****
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