Journal article Open Access
Jo Barratt; Serah Rono; Paul Walsh
There is significant friction in the acquisition, sharing, and reuse of research data. It is estimated that eighty percent of data analysis is invested in the cleaning and mapping of data. This friction hampers researchers not well versed in data processing techniques from reusing an ever-increasing amount of research data available on the web and within scientific data repositories. Frictionless Data is an ongoing project at Open Knowledge International focused on removing this friction in a variety of circumstances. We are doing this by developing a set of tools, specifications, and best practices for describing, publishing, and validating data. The heart of this project is the “Data Package”, a containerization format for data based on existing practices for publishing open-source software.