What is Open-source?

What is Open Data?

Freely available data which requires less stricter licensing to use, modify and publish the data. 

Most importantly:

  • Availability and Access – Must be available to all and in a suitable  and modifiable format.
  • Universal Participation – Must allow for everyone to be able to use, re-use and distribute. As a result, it must be available to commercial and noncommercial use.
  • Re-use and Redistribution Reusability and redistribution must be permitted.

In the UK open data can be downloaded from sources such as Natural England in accordance with an Open Government License (OGL).


What is Open-source Software?

Representing software which the original source code is made freely available to end users and may be redistributed and modified. An example is QGIS, which is free open-source software which users and developers can access and modify the application code.

Open-source Software:

  • QGIS
  • Grass
  • Geoserver
  • OpenLayers
  • PostGIS
  • R and RStudio