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We've identified the most useful resources for understanding, managing, providing, and orchestrating open data initiatives—with emphasis on rural regions. Explore resources through the following categories:

  Open Data Primers  |  Community Primers  |  Tools  |  Standards  |  Major Organizations  |  Open Data Portals

What is Open Data?

A two-page document created especially for the Rural Open Data project. Open data essentials in reader-friendly, point form.

What is open?

Open Knowledge International discusses what open data is and why.

Open Data Handbook

This guide covers the legal, social and technical aspects of open data. It is particularly aimed at those who are seeking to open data with in their organisations; discussing the why, what, and how of open data.

Open Government Data: The Book

By Joshua Tauberer. Second Edition: 2014. The principles, practices, and a history of the open government data movement.

Code for America

A network of people making government work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century.


Meeting the need for a simplified indexing schema, FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) is derived from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), one of the world's most widely-used subject terminology schemas.