Last edited 24 Nov 2020

Open data

The Open Data Institute (ODI) proposes that 'open data' is information that is licensed for anyone to use, for any purpose, at no cost.

Open definition proposes that a 'work' is 'open' if it satisfies a number of conditions, including:

  • Availability as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably downloaded via the Internet without charge.
  • Availability in a convenient and modifiable form.
  • Its license does not restrict any party from selling or giving away the work.
  • Its license does not require a royalty or other fee for sale or distribution.
  • Its license allows modifications and derivative works to be distributed under the terms of the original work.
  • It is provided in such a form that there are no technological obstacles to its use.
  • Requirements for attribution are not onerous.

It suggests that 'work' denotes a piece of knowledge which is being transferred, whether that is; content such as music, films, books; data be it scientific, historical, geographic or otherwise; government and other administrative information.

See Open definition for more information.

The Open Data Institute suggest that when several different organisations publish data relating to a similar field, it is beneficial if they adopt the same format. Ideally, open data should be published in a format defined in an open standard, delivered over a protocol defined in an open standard, and licensed with an open licence.

Publishing open data can:

There is clearly great potential for the use of open data in construction, particularly with the emergence of building information modelling (BIM). Open data might allow:

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