The Open Data Foundation

The Open Data Foundation provides a place where the members of different communities can come together and work on the alignment of technology standards and software tools which will facilitate visibility and re-use of data at all levels of the statistical information chain. By promoting automated access to statistical data and metadata in this way, better decision-making becomes possible in many fields of research and policy-making.

The following projects and activties were completed under the umbrella of the Open Data Foundation.

  • UKDA DExT Tools: Collaborative project with the UK Data Archives for the development of data archiving and conversion tools. Supported by the UKDA Data Exchange Tools (DExT) initiative, the project aims at the development of open source utilities for the conversion of quantitative data into a standard archiving format and export to common statistical packages or database systems. See for further information.
  • NORC Data Enclave: Provide technical assistance to the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) for the deployment and maintenance of a state of the art virtual data enclave that provides access to sensitive survey datasets and documentation for US statistical, governmental agencies or organization such as the National Institute of Standards and technology (NIST), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the Kauffman Foundation. See for further information;
  • DDI Tools: Collaborative efforts with the DDI Alliance and other partners to support the development of core libraries and tools for the management of DDI metadata and statistical data