[open-science] Data Watch

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Jun 7 23:30:58 UTC 2013

On Sat, Jun 8, 2013 at 12:18 AM, Jenny Molloy <jenny.molloy at okfn.org> wrote:

> [OKF have] implemented data request services before although for open
> availability rather than availability per se and they weren't anonymous,
> but in principle some of the setup could be reused.
> For info, Jenny, I,  and others (I think Rufus hacked some code)  started
a service http://www.isitopendata.org/ the purpose of which was to ask data
providers (especially publishers) whether their data was open. It was
modelled on (or inspired by) whatdotheyknow.com (an FOI request service).

One serious problem was that there is no formal contact in many
organizations and there is no legal requirement even to reply.

After the last few mails I think there are a number of valuable things that
might be done and we need to outline them clearly and decide which we want
to put effort into.

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