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Just keep data and make all others a synonym to it. I suspect that many of these tags beyond 'data' were created in response to the frequent comment on such questions, "free or paid?". While not necessarily a bad question or bit of info to include when asking, it shouldn't be tag worthy or required info to provide when asking. People usually search for the ...


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I would strongly reject any suggestion that request for data in general (as per blah238's updated question) or even free (as in beer) data or Open data specifically (as per martinf's answer) are now off-topic, just because there is a Stack exchange Site for Open data. My reasons are as follows: Even though OS.SE has been in beta for 11 months, it's not ...


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I think we should discourage "Where do I find spatial data on ...?" questions. Otherwise I worry that we will see LOTS of them. I think that when we see such questions, especially if there is no indication of where the asker has tried looking prior to asking the question, then we should consider downvoting, preferably with a comment like: "Where have ...


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I missed the lat lon in the question and saw it as just a request of a list of universities when I closed it. In general I'd prefer to discourage all where can I find a list of ...? questions. Since the next step is that any list with a postcode (zip code) can be considered spatial and becomes fair game to ask.


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I am the person who asked the question. I am sorry for not being more descriptive or for showing the research I have done so far, I have been limited on time recently. I am building a software that draws in lots of data sets and this was one of them that I was having a hard time finding; I figured that this site would be a good place ask for this type of ...


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I am glad that you have considered the Open Data (beta) Stack Exchange for your (open?) data question first. I think any urgency in your need is a separate issue that has been the subject of Q&A here previously in Should Statements of Urgency be removed from Questions? so I am going to focus on whether your proposed questions would appear to be on-topic ...


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Stack Exchange is growing rapidly, new Stack Exchange sites are emerging on a regular basis, and naturally there is more overlapping between sites on certain topics. However, the build-in systems of closing reasons, marking duplicates, question migration, announcement of related questions seem to be more and more rigid with respect to this. Unless these ...


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No, if they're about open geo-data, they're now off topic Since there is now a Q&A site specifically for developers and researchers interested in open data, OpenData.SE, we should move any requests for sources of geo-data to over there. I think the topics geo-data sources and other-data sources are closer together than are the topics geo-data sources ...


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I'm supporting @ChrisW's answer, but will leave this answer here as an alternative. This Q/A post has evolved in many ways since it was asked (e.g. read all comments) and I believe we've achieved a mature solution for this issue. I suggest keeping two tags: data, with the following synonym: commercial-data. Tag wiki to be along the lines of "use for ...


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