Exploring Open Data Sets
- Always review the information before analyzing it; since it is publicly owned and shared, there’s a chance some of these data sets may need to be cleaned.
- Make sure to attribute the site as your source of information, but see what you yourself can contribute to the data science field.
- Consider the source: Is the hosting site an officially recognized agency, company, or aggregator? (Think data.gov, UNICEF, Facebook). Do other scientists use these sites as a source for their research? Is all information up to date?