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What is Open Data?

Open data is data that is freely available and can be reused and distributed.

Key Requirements:

  • Availability - The data must be available as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost
  • Access - The data must be available to download in a convenient format
  • Redistribution & Reuse - The data must be formatted in a way that allows for free redistribution and reuse

Open Data Repositories

The Open Access Directory maintains a list of open data repositories organized by subject:

Open Data Repositories


Why is Open Data important?

Open data allows researchers, scholars, and students access a wider array of data and research to support further scholarship. This is especially important at a land-grant university like NDSU where we have a focus to serve citizens with the research we do. Making data freely accessible allows for broader replication, new research ideas, and building upon past research.

Research mandates by the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation among others have begun to require that data as a result of grant-funded research be made openly available. See the memorandum from the White House on this topic here.



SPARC - (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) group of academic research libraries that promote open scholarly communication including open data initiatives.

Open Data Institute - non-profit started by Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt that promotes and teaches about open data


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