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Lessons

  • Overview
  • Lesson 1: Introduction (Video) [0:42]
  • Lesson 2: What Does Open Data Mean to You? (Video) [7:41]
  • Lesson 3: Why Must Government Be Involved in Open Data? (Video) [4:18]
  • Lesson 4: The Importance of Government in Open Data (Interactive) [5:00}
  • Lesson 5: Advantages of Government Data (Interactive) [4:00]
  • Lesson 6: Challenges of Opening Government Data Part 1 (Video) [6:34]
  • Lesson 7: Challenges of Opening Government Data Part 2 (Video) [6:15]
  • Lesson 8: Your Open Data Challenges (Poll) [1:00]
  • Lesson 9: Getting Started (Video) [6:01]
  • Lesson 10: How You Can Get Started (Interactive) [17:00]
  • Post-Course Survey

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If you’re a civil servant tasked with opening data in your agency or department, this course is for you!  In particular, if your role is connected to opening government data or you would like to educate other stakeholders responsible for its public release, we know it can be tough to see or convince others of the benefits. Never fear! This course is designed to help you:

  • Demonstrate how opening data can immediately benefit your agency
  • Address and overcome the challenges associated with opening government data
  • Start and sustain an open data program in your agency

With special funding from the Knight Foundation, we created this course based on interviews with dozens of experts from across the United States, including: