Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is derived from that found on While we want the site to be a source of free and open conversation on open data in Perth & Kinross, we also believe that a set of basic guidelines are needed to create a trusted and secure space to best allow collaborative input into open data. In addition, while open data encourages re-use for any purpose, ensuring that basic guidance and good practice is followed when re-using it will increase the usefulness of the data.

You are encouraged to:

  • use provided live sources for the datasets as your primary data source, where possible – much of the data provided is dynamic and fluid (although in many cases over an annual or longer period of time), and basing your application on the keys in the data we are providing will ensure that your application is as up to date as possible;
  • where you cannot use our live sources as the primary data source, please still use the keys contained within the data as the primary or foreign keys within your application, as this will enable you to migrate as simply as possible to up-to-date data and information when it is made available;
  • where using your own long-term caches of our data, please refresh the data within your application in a timely manner when a new set of the data is made available;
  • engage with us when something’s wrong – point out any inconsistencies in the data you find, make suggestions about how to improve the service, request new data sources to be added, and tell us about what you have built so we can help you to promote it!

You should:

  • refer back to and cite the origin or source of the data when using it;
  • clearly state where possible about which data is derived from official sources, which is from other sources, and which data is from any calculation within or outwith your app. See our guidelines for more details on reusing and attributing datasets.

You must not:

  • make an application that pretends to be an official government service;
  • present the data in a misleading or incorrect manner or to misrepresent the data;
  • use this site for party political purposes, as the site paid for with public money so it is not appropriate to engage in party-political activity here;
  • use these materials in or to support a criminal or illicit activity;
  • use these materials on an application to inflame or make comments that are racist, sexist or homophobic, or which promote or incite violence or illegal activity.

Participation Guidelines

When posting comments about ideas or applications, or posting to the site forum, please observe our site participation guidelines:

  • Be respectful of other users of this site
  • Stay on topic and do not upload content that is unrelated to the purpose of this site. Do not use language that is offensive, inflammatory or provocative (this includes swearing and obscene or vulgar comments)
  • Do not select a user name that is offensive, inflammatory or provocative
  • Do not break the law (this includes libel, condoning illegal activity and contempt of court)
  • In the course of using the community areas of this site, please do not post personal information – addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other online contact details – relating either to you or other individuals
  • Do not register more than one user account per person
  • Do not impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or an organisation. Do not attempt to log on using another user’s account
  • Do not make any commercial endorsement or promotion of any product, service or publication not relevant to the discussion
  • If you are aged 16 or under, please get your parent’s/guardian’s permission before participating.
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