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RE: Subsetting data

From: <Simon.Cox@csiro.au>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 21:26:37 +0000
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Another way of looking at it is that a query, encoded as a URI pattern, defines an implicit set of potential URIs, each of which denotes a subset.

Simon J D Cox
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From: Phil Archer
Sent: Wednesday, 30 December 2015 6:31:16 PM
To: Manolis Koubarakis; 'public-sdw-comments@w3.org'; Annette Greiner; Eric Stephan; Tandy, Jeremy; public-dwbp-comments@w3.org
Subject: Subsetting data

At various times in recent months I have promised to look into the topic
of persistent identifiers for subsets of data. This came up at the SDW
F2F in Sapporo but has also been raised by Annette in DWBP. In between
festive activities I've been giving this some thought and have tried to
begin to commit some ideas to a page [1].

During the CEO-LD meeting, Jeremy pointed to OpenSearch as a possible
way forward, including its geo-temporal extensions defined by the OGC.
There is also the Linked Data API as a means of doing this, and what
they both have in common is that they offer an intermediate layer that
turns a URL into a query.

How do you define a persistent identifier for a subset of a dataset? IMO
you mint a URI and say "this identifies a subset of a dataset" - and
then provide a means of programmatically going from the URI to a query
that returns the subset. As long as you can replace the intermediate
layer with another one that also returns the same subset, we're done.

The UK Government Linked Data examples tend to be along the lines of:

returns a list of all stations in Britain.

returns a list of stations in Manchester

identifies Manchester Piccadilly station.

All of that data of course comes from a single dataset.

Does this work in the real worlds of meteorology and UBL/PNNL?


[1] https://github.com/w3c/sdw/blob/gh-pages/subsetting/index.md


Phil Archer
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