Open Data Training

Primers, Guides & Resources

This site is a resource for train-the-trainer type materials on Open Data. It's meant to provide a series of approachable, fun, collaborative workshops where each of the modules is interactive and customizable to meet a variety of audiences.

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Primers for Open Data

Primer 1-5

1. Why Open Data - Why open data is valuable and important.

2. How To Open Your Data - How to make your data open and available for others to use.

3. Sharing Your Data - How to publish your data and make it accessible to others.

4. Becoming a Data Hunter - How and where to find data shared by others.

5. Making friends with Other People’s Data - What you need to do to be able to reuse other people's data.


Instructor Guides

Guide 1: An Introduction to Open Data - Why open data is valuable and important.

Guide 2: Data Preservation & Archiving - The basics of getting your data ready for preservation and archiving

Guide 3: Sharing and Publishing Data - Making data available, and citable by others.

Guide 4: Data Privacy and Ethics - Navigating legal and ethical issues around public data and data reuse.


Open Data Advocacy

These one-pagers are quick reference guides with information on how to advocate for open science at your institution.
One guide is geared toward academic administrators. The other is geared toward students and early career researchers.

One-pager For Academic Admin And Policy Folks (PDF)

One-pager For Student And Early Career Researcher Engagement (PDF)


  1. FAQ

    Getting Help" to "Here are some questions we've received about this resource, along with our answers. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please email us at or reach out to us on our Twitter feed @MozillaScience.

    • Q: Who wrote these materials?


      Q: Why did Mozilla create these? What is Mozilla Science?


      Q: Can I remix / reuse these materials in my classes?


      Q: What is the difference between the primers and the instructor guides?


      Q: How do I give feedback on this resource? Can I contribute?


      Q: Are there other people and/or organizations to whom I can reach out to learn more about open data?

      See Resource List

  2. Resources

    Here we'll list some persistent resources that you might use throughout the workshop.

    • Open Data Organizations


    • Articles about Open Data


    • Other Training Materials for Open Data