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#20: What is a dataset?

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Datasets are the groupings in which entities are organized. Every entity is at least part of one dataset, which describes the data source from which it was retrieved (e.g. the main US sanctions list). We provide metadata for each dataset, describing its publisher, data coverage and the limitations inherent in the source. You can download bulk exports in standardized data formats for each dataset.

OpenSanctions combines entities from multiple sources into collections, see here.

PS. Did you know that the W3C defines a dataset as a "set of data"? Computer science is thrilling stuff, people.

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