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Short Definition: Information that is publicly accessible and can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute the source.
Extended Definition: Information that is publicly accessible and can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute the source. Information is defined here as knowledge, data or facts that are processed, organized, structured or presented in a given context so as to make it useful for supporting knowledge construction or synthesis, teaching, decision making or other activities. Open information implies that the information can be easily discovered recognizing that overly obscure information is not open for public use. Open information is recognized as a foundation for developing a stock of knowledge and understanding that are essential to human judgments, innovation and social and personal well being.
Related Terms: Open data, data, knowledge
Sources: http://opendatahandbook.org/guide/en/what-is-open-data/, http://www.diffen.com/difference/Data_vs_Information, http://www.science-international.org/sites/default/files/reports/open-data-in-big-data-world_short_en.pdf
Term Lead: Peter Pulsifer