Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. The goals of the open data movement are similar to those of other “open” movements such as open source, open hardware, open content, open government and open access.
The term “open data” gained popularity with the rise of the Internet and World Wide Web and, especially, with the launch of Open Government Data initiatives such as Data.gov.uk in the United Kingdom and Data.gov in the United States. More recent Open Government Data initiatives in Canada have included Open Canada and Ontario’s Open Data Directive.
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