Open Data resource pack: version 2

Resource pack to help public authorities develop and implement plans for open data. This is the second version of the document.

Why and who should use this guide?

In 2015 the Scottish Government launched its Open Data Strategy. The Scottish Government has designed this Resource Pack to support the strategy. This Resource Pack is intended to help public authorities throughout Scotland develop and implement their own plans for open data. The pack has been developed with support and input from public sector colleagues from across Scotland. It has been

specifically designed to assist Scottish public authorities who want to make their data open, but it can be used by anyone with an interest in open data. It is intended for those with little or no knowledge of the topic.

This Resource Pack is a living document and will be updated as open data work in Scotland progresses. This first version was published in August 2015 and this is now the second . Additional case studies have been added, and sections have been updated to reflect both relevant developments over the past year and user feedback. We welcome any further feedback or suggestions and will incorporate this in future editions. If you would like to get involved in discussions or make suggestions please join our Open Data Network on Knowledge Hub. You can also get in touch by emailing


Email: Stuart Law,

Kyle Malcolm,

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