The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) announced the 1.0 release of the Open Data Handbook today. The 1.0 release is the culmination of a project that started in October 2010 at a book sprint in Berlin as the Open Data Manual.

The Open Data Handbook provides the introduction to what open data is, why organizations (particularly government) would be interested in providing open data, and how to go about it.

Open data proponents will find the Open Data Handbook pretty basic stuff, but it's an excellent resource to pass on to others. It's also the starting point for a lot more work.

Specifically, the OKF is looking for feedback on the text, contributions for the next version of the handbook, and help translating the handbook into different languages. Currently the handbook is only available in English.

The OKF is also working on additional guides and handbooks, like the data journalism handbook and data patterns handbook. If you're interested in contributing, check out the mailing list.