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This checklist has been translated from french to english by Pascal "Romain. English version has been reviewed by Tim Davies and Steven Flower.

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72 best practices OpenData

Theme Level Num. Description Details
Animation 1 1 The concept of Open Data is explained
Animation 1 2 The site provides a way for users to keep informed of updates to the data
Animation 1 3 The site provides an online channel for feedback
Animation 2 4 Examples of reuse (fictitious or real) are provided
Animation 2 5 A news feed provides information about updates to each dataset
Animation 3 6 Datasets are accompanied by links or resources that provide user guidance and support
Animation 3 7 There is a discussion forum about the datasets
Animation 3 8 It is possible to request or suggest the publication of new datasets
Animation 3 9 The site enables users to rate and/or evaluate the datasets
API 2 10 The mechanisms for accessing and interacting with datasets are documented
API 2 11 If there are conditions on access to a dataset, the method of retrieving the data is documented
API 3 12 A specific API command allows the user to determine a dataset's licence
API 3 13 Dynamic and static versions of the datasets are synchronised
API 3 14 When data content exists in multiple formats, the server provides a mechanism for content negotiation
API 3 15 If web services for data access are available, the current version of each web service is specified
API 3 16 No system is set up to prevent automatic or programmatic data retrieval
API 3 17 Each dataset is available through at least one web service
API 3 18 The metadata catalogue can be retrieved using a standard protocol
Applications 3 19 The site enables users to add links to relevant applications
Applications 3 20 The site lists existing applications already developed from the datasets available
Applications 3 21 Users can keep informed about applications
Metadata 1 22 The identity and role of the person responsible for each dataset is specified
Metadata 1 23 Each dataset is accompanied by a descriptive record
Metadata 1 24 Each dataset includes at least a title and a description
Metadata 1 25 A creation date is given for each dataset
Metadata 1 26 A last-updated date is given for each dataset
Metadata 2 27 The datasets are categorised
Metadata 2 28 Metadata associated with each dataset is available in a standard format
Metadata 2 29 Each dataset is accompanied by a reference to the language used
Metadata 3 30 Metadata describing the datasets is structured in a standard way
Metadata 3 31 If a dataset refers to a specific geographical area, its spatial coverage is specified
Metadata 3 32 Topics are linked to published vocabularies and taxonomies
Format 1 33 Each dataset includes a reference to the charset used
Format 1 34 The format of downloadable files is indicated
Format 1 35 Dates are given in documented formats
Format 2 36 Dates are available in a standard format
Format 2 37 Data is provided in at least one open format
Format 2 38 The character encoding used in each dataset is declared
Format 3 39 Where data is provided in a standard format, the format is specified and adhered to
Format 3 40 The version or syntax (doctype) or file formats used is available
Versions 2 41 Each dataset comes with a changelog
Versions 3 42 One can access different versions of datasets
Identification 1 43 The descriptive record contains a direct link to the URL of the data
Identification 1 44 Each dataset is given a unique identifier
Identification 2 45 A checksum and/or signature is available to verify the validity of each file
Identification 2 46 Datasets are accompanied by at least one means of contact for the producer (or maintainer)
License 1 47 The datasets are accompanied by a licence
License 1 48 The licence sets out the conditions of attribution, reuse, redistribution and commercialisation
License 2 49 Usage rights are provided for an unlimited period
License 2 50 Data producers declare their policy on releasing data
License 3 51 The datasets are accompanied by a summary and a link to the full version of the license
Linkeddata 2 52 Any vocabularies used within the dataset are identified and documented
Linkeddata 3 53 Data adheres to the defined syntax of any specified vocabularies
Linkeddata 3 54 It is possible to query data and metadata in accordance with standards of the web of data (Linked Open Data)
Linkeddata 3 55 Data sources linked from a dataset are reported
Naming 2 56 The names of data files contain only alphanumeric characters or characters considered safe
Naming 2 57 If the naming of datasets is the subject of a convention, the convention is made available
Transparency 1 58 If a dataset contains an expiry date, it is declared
Transparency 1 59 If a limit is set on the number of accesses or the amount of data accessed via web services, this limit is specified
Transparency 1 60 Any restrictions on access to the data are stated
Transparency 2 61 If a dataset contains errors or uncertainties or is incomplete, this fact is stated
Transparency 2 62 An update frequency is given for each dataset
Transparency 2 63 The publisher of the dataset provides information on its origin
Transparency 3 64 It is possible to obtain information regarding the level of trust accorded to the data
Usability 1 65 The size of downloadable files is indicated
Usability 1 66 It is possible to search the metadata
Usability 2 67 Extracts from the different datasets are available for download
Usability 3 68 If the site offers several licences, the search engine allows filtering by licence
Usability 3 69 The metadata catalogue is available as a dataset
Usability 3 70 An extract of the data can be previewed
Privacy 1 71 If the data contains personal information, its publication is in accordance with the legislation under which the producer operates
Privacy 2 72 The site provides a means to request removal or anonymisation of data