New territory for me this week after the comfort zone of open access last week, and our first task is to define open data in our own words.
Open data is freely available to anyone (either under a CC-BY license or equivalent if required or in the public domain) so it can be reused and redistributed without restriction. The benefits are huge; opening up the availability of data sets provides more research and collaboration opportunities. Barriers are where to store/find the data, the quality of metadata, and the format the data is stored in...oh, and persuading people to make their data open!
I would rate my knowledge of open data 2 out of 5.