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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.

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.

Open Data Knowledge Brief

This Knowledge Brief was produced in collaboration with the RDI. It contains the same information as the "What is Open Data" page of this website.

Code for America

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