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What is it?
The Definition of Open establishes principles that define "openness" in relation to data and content. Specifies the meaning of "open" in the terms "open data" and "open content" and thus ensures quality and encourages compatibility between different groups of open material.
It can be summarized in the statement that: "Open means that anyone can freely access, use, modify and share for any purpose (subject, at most, to the requirements that preserve provenance and openness)".
Put more succinctly: "Open data and content can be freely used, modified and shared by anyone for any purpose"
Read the full open definition here »https://opendefinition.org/
Why was it developed?
The Definition of open adds precision to the meaning of the term "open" when applied to knowledge, promotes a robust commons in which anyone can participate, and maximizes its interoperability. The knowledge is open if anyone is free to access it, use it, modify it and share it, being subject at most to measures that preserve its authorship and openness.
Why are we sharing it?
In order to get more government officials involved in this conversation.
To get involved in the project you can create an issue or pull request in the manual's GitHub repository.
The current version is 2.1. has numerous translations and all are available on the website: https://opendefinition.org
Visit https://opendefinition.org/participate/#translation for guidance on how to help translate into more project languages.