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Crowdsourced datasets

In data.word datasets and projects can be owned by individuals or organizations. They can be private, shared with an organization, or shared with the public. With the crowdsourcing feature individuals can even set the ownership of a dataset or project to an organization that they don't belong to as long as that organization is configured to accept ownership proposals. In this article we'll cover:

  • Configuring an organization you administer to accept dataset proposals

  • Setting ownership of a resource to an organization you don't belong to

  • What happens after an ownership proposal is made

Configuring an organization you administer to accept dataset proposals

On an organization's page in data.world there is a settings tab where administrators of the organization can set preferences for membership in the organization and whether it accepts datasets proposed by individuals outside the organization:

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If the organization is configured so that it accepts dataset proposals the projects and datasets can be created for this organization by any community member and will be subject to admin approval. Proposed resources will count towards the organization’s resource limit. Once the organization hits the limit, users will not be able to submit proposals and will see a message saying, “This organization is not accepting datasets or projects right now.”

Setting ownership of a resource to an organization you don't belong to

When you create a new dataset or project, one of the ownership options you can choose is any organization that is accepting proposals. On the Create a new dataset dialog there is an option to see what organizations are accepting proposals:

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When you follow the link you will be able to search for an organization by name or select from a list:

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After you select the owner it's a good idea to enter a description and upload or link data so that the organization admin

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What happens after an ownership proposal is made

When you propose a dataset or project to an organization it is only visible to you and the org admin(s) until it has been approved by the admin(s) and shared. If the admin(s) choose not to share it, it will remain visible only to you and them--no one else in the organization. You will also no longer be able to change the access privileges (make it discoverable, or publicly available) or invite anyone else to contribute to it.