Here are a list of Handbooks and Guides that the Open Knowledge Foundation community has produced independently or in collaboration with other organisations. They are designed to help people navigate the basic concepts of open data as well as to give tips on how to access and use it. Although some of these guides are more specialised and technical than others, they are all accessible reads that novices as much as geeks will find useful.
The Open Data Handbook is the perfect place for anyone new to open data to start. It includes a basic overview of the legal, social and technical aspects of open data as well as advice on how to actually open up some data.
For those interested in contributing to the Open Data Manual please visit the project Wiki.
The Data Journalism Handbook is a collaboration between the Open Knowledge Foundation and the European Journalism Center. It contains information on how to find, clean, sort and visualise data. The bulk of the handbook was written over a weekend at the Mozilla Festival in London at the end of 2011. Journalists from the Guardian, Financial Times, Zeit and the BBC piled in to our ‘book sprint’ in order to contribute their expertise. It will serve as every budding data journalist’s toolbox.
Open Research Data Handbook
The Data Wrangling Handbook is a handbook of tips and tricks for working with data. It is a work in progress and everyone is encouraged to add their tried and tested hacks to the book. It contains information on data wrangling and scraping, as well as step-by-step guides to working with particular technologies.
The editors of The Public Domain Review have written a short guide on how to navigate the digital commons and find interesting openly licensed works of art. The guide includes information on how to find leads to cool material, an introduction to the main online portals into the public domain and a brief legal overview of open licensing.
Don’t forget to give us a heads up if you find some gems that you think would be good material for The Public Domain Review!