Great idea on the mailing list column.
I'd also like to see columns for lat/lon and some measure(s) of membership or activity. These may be a bit tougher but I have a heatmap in my mind that I'd like to work at. :)
I like the list at datacatalogs because you are maintaining it and it integrates well with the international data scene. But I didn't find the interface there super useful. e.g. how do I download the dataset to combine with other data? There must be a way, but Buzzdata does have the advantage in that these type of things, especially collaboration, are quite easy. Further thoughts?
Ah, that was the old Honduras address, they changed it in the past few months... Anyways, can you explain to me what the difference is? Every government and government agency without question has data that is public and data that is not public. Further many developing countries have limited capabilities of creating and even releasing data. On the INE site for example, not much data is listed, but if you poke around you can get access to their entire Census and Household surveys, is that open data or not?
Public data is not open data. Only data with an "open" license (PDDL, OGL, CC0, CCby, etc.) is open data. Without a proper license, there is no guarantee that the provider won't revoke access or file suit for unlicensed use, modification, distribution, etc. Hence, it is very important to data users that the data be covered by an open license.
Most int'l statistics bureaus don't even mention a license. This doesn't mean that the data is open, either. In places like Canada, for example, by default government data is Crown copyright, and without a license you are putting yourself at risk of having your project shut down or having to go to court.
In cases where statistics bureaus do have licenses, they are not open, e.g. Canada's http://www.statcan.gc.ca/reference/copyright-droit-auteur-eng.htm You may not reproduce its free information for commercial use, and it's unclear whether or not you can modify it.
Also, datagov.it is like Montreal Ouvert - an open data initiative, but not a data hub.
Replacing with http://www.spaghettiopendata.org/, which is also unofficial, but has data
Yep, I also just noticed that OpenDataBC is independent of the new B.C. Open Data catalogue ... Thanks for scrutinizing closely, many of these were added wholesale from previous, unverified lists floating around the internetz ... Time to get serious about accuracy!