[open-development] practical answers

Duncan Edwards D.Edwards at ids.ac.uk
Fri Sep 21 20:24:23 UTC 2012

Hi Rob,
We've been through the process of opening up the data/content we have in www.eldis.org and bridge.ids.ac.uk.  We went with a CC-BY attribution license for this. We opened our content by developing an Api (api.ids.ac.uk) and we now have a number of orgs utilising this content across the globe.

We have been doing some work with Reegle working with them on their auto tagging Api which uses their excellent renewables and climate change taxonomy. We've been using it to try to link research document data to online discussion content.

On which formats to use I think it depends very much on what you are hoping the data will be used for and by who. I'm back in the office next week so available have a chat about any of this.


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Robert Cartridge <rob.cartridge at practicalaction.org.uk> wrote:
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<http://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 Cartridge
Head of Practical Answers
Practical Action
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P.S. Have you seen our new technical brief on appropriate technologies for baking?. Find out more at http://practicalaction.org/baking


Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty, working with poor women and men around the world. www.practicalaction.org<http://www.practicalaction.org/>



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