I found Open Data StackExchange site which follows Open Definition. So, I would like to ask whether it is on-topic here or not? In other words, Is there a case that questions on this site should be migrated to Open Data? Or guide/suggestion to user to choose between.

Another question is for Open Standards and it's requirements. Are they a fit (on-topic) for this site?

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Questions about the history, philosophies and licenses of Open Data and Open Standards are on-topic.

Questions asking for recommendations, using some data/standard, explanations of the Standards, tools for manipulating data etc are off-topic.

  • This, to me, is the right answer. We should be primarily concerned with our own site. If we can answer a question that is asked here, we should do so. If Open Data would really provide way better answers, tell the OP.
    – overactor
    Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 5:11
  • I agree with some of what you have to say, however, I think that explanations should be on+topic, otherwise, people wonæt have the chance to determine what open data is, and what is considered open, clauses of openness and so on. Otherwise, this looks good.
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Jul 18, 2015 at 22:24
  • Oh sorry, I've typed from a Norwegian keyboard... Just substitute the æ for '
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Jul 19, 2015 at 21:04

Open Data is very tricky. We have a site for that, but their help center doesn't seem crystal clear to me:

If you have a question about …

  • where to find any kind of open data
  • software tools related to open data
  • best practices regarding open data
  • licensing and releasing open data
  • open data formats and standards
  • linked data, ontologies and related semantic technologies
  • analysis and visualization of open data

Open Data has its own site, let them be. On the other hand, it seems that we are accepting questions about Open Knowledge (read more here), as per this meta post. It will be tricky deciding what to put, but I feel that there are similarities, and we need to be specific with what we allow. Leave that for another meta post.

The Open Standard is very similar to the Open Definition. The Open Standard was created by Open Source. Therefore, it should clearly be on-topic as it's highly related to FLOSS. That being said, I feel that questions pertaining to the Open Definition should be on topic as well.

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    Topics can be on-topic on multiple sites. In this case there'll be a partial overlap of what we'll allow for Open Data. Commented Jul 17, 2015 at 2:47
  • what about the help center isn't crystal clear? specifically? i'd like to get that amended
    – albert
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 2:29

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