How do I make my open data as useful as possible? How do I connect it with other data to boost insight? How do I answer really tough questions with open data? Make it play well with other data – make it interoperable.
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Why should you care about this?
If you want your open data to help answer questions, solve problems, boost the economy by fuelling innovation or used in research, you need to go beyond names and places.
Do these mean the same company?
How about now?
GB-COH-123456: ACME Limited
Bit more confident? You can take that code 123456* and find the company on Companies House (Hint, that’s what the GB-COH- tells the machine using your open data!). Go you, you’ve just opened up a whole new world of information! This example is using a shared standard way of talking about organisations, find out more on org-id.guide.
(* P.S This is just an example, ACME doesn’t really exist!)
You can start to answer question like this:
These codes or Identifiers are a gold mine. Every country has agencies that give codes to businesses, charities, non profits and more. Use those codes where you can.
Can I share codes for anything else?
Of course! You can identify places, things, categories, types and much, much more.
Tip: Make your open data more useful by making it easy to connect with other data.