Open Data for beginners
The European Data Portal has launched an eLearning program with focus on open data. The web based introduction course is developed by the Open Data Institute and contains 16 modules for anyone who wants to learn about open data. The course will soon be available in Swedish.
What is open data? Why do we need to license? How useful is my data? Those are three of the questions and aspects covered by the web based course on the European Data Portal.
“The ODI developed the eLearning for the European Commission as part of our work with the European Data Portal. It was launched at the end of 2015 and has so far reached over 1,800 people. The modules are available in English, French and currently Swedish is being added”, says David Tarrant, Learning skills lead at the Open Data Institute.
The Swedish translation work is done by Riksarkivet, (National Archives of Sweden), as part of their work as responsible governmental body for open data in Sweden.
The first part of the Swedish version is already available now – click here. The full course will be launched in 2018.
The purpose for the eLearning programme is to introduce every aspect of open data, including definitions related to the concept. There is also a part about the future of open data as well as some success stories from across Europe.
Furthermore, ODI has made it easier for the mobile user to learn about open data:
“The ODI has independently repackaged the English version of the modules into mobile applications so they can be completed fully offline”, says David Tarrant.
Here is a complete list of all the course modules:
Lesson 1 – What is open data?
Lesson 2 – Unlocking value from open data
Lesson 3 – Open data. Agent of change
Lesson 4 – Why do we need to license?
Lesson 5 – What makes quality open data?
Lesson 6 – Measuring success for open data
Lesson 7 – Why should we worry about sustainability?
Lesson 8 – Getting to grips with platforms
Lesson 9 – Choosing the right format for open data
Lesson 10 – How useful is my data?
Lesson 11 – How to clean your data
Lesson 12 – Finding hidden data on the web
Lesson 13 – Linking up the web of data
Lesson 14 – Open data advocacy
Lesson 15 – Managing change in open data
Lesson 16 – Achieving impact with open data