About

Every day, more and more data is being published on the web; but trying to get the data you want, in the form you want it, can still be a challenge.

GetTheData is a Q&ampA site where you can ask your data related questions, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • where to find data relating to a particular issue;
  • how to query Linked Data sources to get just the data set you require;
  • what tools to use to explore a data set in a visual way;
  • how to cleanse data or get it into a format you can work with using third party visualisation or analysis tools.

At GetTheData.org, you can ask and answer questions, comment and vote for the questions of others and their answers. Both questions and answers can be revised and improved. Questions can be tagged with the relevant keywords to simplify future access and organize the accumulated material.

This Q&A site is moderated by its members, hopefully - including yourself! Moderation rights are gradually assigned to the site users based on the accumulated "karma" points. These points are added to the users account when others vote for his/her questions or answers. These points (very) roughly reflect the level of trust of the community.

No points are necessary to ask or answer the questions - so please - join us!

If you would like to find out more about this site - please see the frequently asked questions page.

To keep informed about new questions posted to the site, subscribe to the site's new questions feed or follow @dataquestions on Twitter.

Credits: GetTheData.org is based on an idea that's been floating around the interwebs for some time but crystallised out in a conversation between Rufus Pollock and Tony Hirst at the end of 2010. RP set the site up, TH seeded a few questions and tweeted a few links, and now - hopefully - it will develop through its membership:-)

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