Open Data comes in many different shapes. This diversity hampers the comparison of datasets at times. How can we measure and publish data on public transport, government budgets and regulations in a consistent and comparable manner?
For this purpose, a joint effort was made by the universities of McGill and Johns Hopkins. The McGill's GeoThink Research Group and the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Government Excellence built the first international Open Data standards directory. The Open Data Standards Directory contains more than 60 Open Data standards on how governments could publish Open Data. The standards prescribe quality levels of datasets, including ones on public facilities, road constructions and crime statistics. By doing so, the initiative boosts Open Data interoperability on a global scale.
Want to find out more about this great initiative? Read the article published on the McGill University website here!