Open Data Service, University of Southampton

Open Data Service

5-Star Data

Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee's Open Linked Data Standards

Make your stuff available on the web (whatever format)
★★Make it available as structured data (e.g. Excel instead of image scan of a table)
Editor's note: Excel is now more or less an open format, so this is not a great example!
★★★Non-proprietary format (e.g. CSV instead of Excel)
★★★★Use URIs to identify things, so that people can point at your stuff.
★★★★★Link your data to other people’s data to provide context.

We at data.soton publish 5 star data and most of our individual datasets are 5 stars. Some datasets are voluntarily rated 4 stars because it's not sensible to link it to anything external (eg University jargon), but all our datasets link to at least one other dataset.