[open-science] Evaluation of open data portals in the academic space
pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Thu May 15 11:32:29 UTC 2014
It depends very much on the field. Some data can be put in CSV files, some
has intricate structure. Some have many entries which are of well-defined
The most important thing is to have an enthusiastic community of practising
scientists who understand the data, are ready to do the hard irk of
The crystallographers and many bioscientists have done very good jobs. In
contrast materials science is a desert.
Why do you want a portal? They often hide what lies behind. I want to be
able to touch all the data.
On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM, Adi Eyal <adi at code4sa.org> wrote:
> I've always wondered whether APIs are important and worth the effort.
> Surely most academics won't be able to consume them? I always think of APIs
> as services for developers to build apps on top of.
> On 15 May 2014 1:16 PM, "Raniere Silva" <raniere at riseup.net> wrote:
>> Hi Adi,
>> > I am new to this list and was hoping for input on open science data
>> > portals. What features would you expect from a good open data portal
>> > in the academic space. Of course the usual machine readable, data in
>> > bulk, open data licensed requirements are crucial but are there any
>> > others that need to be considered.
>> API to query data and metadata.
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