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Re: Specifying the number of rows in a table

From: Clark Fitzgerald <clarkfitzg@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:10:58 -0700
Message-ID: <CAE_rN=048V57sJhZBeBuidWZcu5eM6wmX=N13rQxXmLeNy7AgQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: gregg@greggkellogg.net
Cc: public-csvw@w3.org

This is unfamiliar territory for me, so I want to make sure I understand
what you're saying. Suppose statsmetadata.org defines the vocabulary. Then
a fully compliant solution might look like:

"url": "data.csv",
"notes": [{"http://statsmetadata.org/terms/numberRows": 1e6, "
http://statsmetadata.org/terms/randomized": true}]

The second suggestion, which isn't currently supported, might look like:

"url": "data.csv",
"notes": [{"@context": "http://statsmetadata.org", "numberRows": 1e6,
"randomized": true}]

On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 3:09 PM Gregg Kellogg <gregg@greggkellogg.net>

> On Oct 10, 2018, at 1:46 PM, Clark Fitzgerald <clarkfitzg@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like to use W3's tabular data model to record metadata for local
> CSV files relevant for statistical analysis using the R language (or
> Python, Julia). For example, to indicate that the local file "data.csv"
> contains one million rows in randomized order I might use the following
> table description:
> {
> "url": "data.csv",
> "notes": [{"numberRows": 1e6, "randomized": true}]
> }
> A couple questions:
> 1. Is this reasonable/correct?
> More or less. The metadata document can have a “notes” attribute with
> arbitrary content. This creates a notes annotation on the table [1]. To be
> properly treated as JSON-LD/RDF, both “numberOfRows” and “randomized” need
> to resolve to IRIs. They could be in one of the namespaces defined for CSVW
> [2], or you can use an absolute IRI for the property, otherwise. WIthout
> this, the data would be dropped when interpreted, at least by the CSV2RDF
> process.
> 2. Is there a better way to do it? Perhaps by linking to a document that
> defines new common properties like numberRows?
> This is somewhat problematic, as CSVW doesn’t allow you to define
> arbitrary JSON-LD contexts, otherwise, you might define your namespace or
> term mappings in a context within “notes”. It’s not an unreasonable thing
> to do, though IMHO, and tool creators may be convinced to support this as
> an extension. Actually, IMHO, an update to this spec could remove the
> restriction on the value of @context, and/or allow CSVW to be used within
> other contexts, such as schema.org, but strictly speaking, you can’t do
> this now.
> Gregg
> [1]
> https://www.w3.org/TR/2015/REC-tabular-data-model-20151217/#dfn-table-notes
> [2] https://www.w3.org/ns/csvw#term-definitions
> Thanks,
> Clark Fitzgerald
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