How to Learn About Your Top Open Data Consumers

So your open data set is released, and it’s getting attention. Now what you really want to know is who exactly is using your data, and for what purpose. First, deciding on who your top API consumers are depends on what metrics you value. This could be a measurement of business size, exposure, economic impact, sentiment, or simple engagement.

Embedding Google analytics will extract vital information from server logs to show which datasets are seeing the most use. In order to find out what your data is being used for, require API consumers to state their project goals and contact information upon sign up. In order to track further usage, request users to cite IDs for metadata tags, or even contact your consumers directly. Also, searching GitHub source code, Google/Apple app stores, as well as twitter hashtags, and even engaging with developers at community events can help you learn more and build relationships.

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How to Find Your Open Data Hotshots

Bill Doerrfeld I am a consultant that specializes in API economy research & content creation for developer-centric programs. I study Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and related tech and develop content [eBooks, blogs, whitepapers, graphic design] paired with high-impact publishing strategies. I live and work in Seattle, and spend most of my time as Editor in Chief for Nordic APIs, a blog and knowledge center for API providers. For a time I was a Directory Manager & Associate Editor at ProgrammableWeb, and still add new APIs to the directory every now and then. Drop me a line at bill@doerrfeld.io. Let's connect on Twitter at @DoerrfeldBill, or follow me on LinkedIn.

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