What is the Open Data?

The open data is nothing more than a buzzword in order to say that an organization has some data that it is going to share with the rest of the world. In fact, it mainly refer to the public sector when it started to clearly realize that the technology was mature and that there were a need for transparency.
But in fact, the possibility that an organization can share publicly its data exist from the beginning of the internet. In fact, most of the time organizations are using the word API instead. It stands for Application Programming Interface, the possibility for third party developers to get data directly from the owner rather than scraping/stealing data from the website by using robots/scripts.
Here is a couple of examples of APIs/Open data sets:
  • United Nations: https://data.un.org/
  • Poloniex API for cryptocurrency: https://docs.poloniex.com/#public-http-api-methods
  • Open Weather API: https://openweathermap.org/api
Last modified: Saturday, 15 February 2020, 2:38 PM