The Scottish Government's Open Data Strategy calls on public organisations to publish their data as open data.
At the National Library of Scotland we create and use data across our business. We publish this data online in our Data Foundry.
The data we create relates to our collections (for example, digital image metadata) and to our corporate functions (for example, our spending).
We will publish our non-personal and non-sensitive collections and corporate data as '3-star' open data starting in 2016. This means the data we create will be available on the web with open licences and in machine-readable, structured, and non-proprietary form.
We will begin by publishing on our website data that we are already making available to lesser standards. We will make this data accessible through the Scottish Government's proposed Scottish Data Discovery Site and we will assess the need for and benefits of a dedicated National Library data site after the Discovery Site is launched.
Timescale for datasets publication
We will publish 14 datasets as '3-star' open data by the end of 2016 and a further eight datasets by the end of 2017. All of our open datasets will be recorded on our Open Data Register. As further sets of data are identified over the coming years, or as they are created, these will be added to our register and assigned an appropriate publication date.
By publishing our data as open data we aim not only to comply with Scotland's Open Data Strategy, but also to ensure we generate better data and that we enable wider re-use of data. Our Open Data Publication Plan aligns with our vision to be one of the leading national libraries in Europe, by enabling greater re-use, adaptation, and scrutiny of public information.
Download the plan and register
Our Open Data Publication Plan is available to download in two formats:
Our Open Data Register is available to download in two formats: