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What does a dataset contain?

From: Leigh Dodds <leigh@ldodds.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:22:52 +0000
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I wanted to share a couple of blog posts I wrote last year about
describing datasets which I think are relevant to this groups

The first explores different definitions of dataset:


This might help when considering different perspectives on best
practices and what is being described.

The second is more directly relevant. In this post I try and set out a
conceptual framework for how datasets can be described, in order to
make their content, structure, etc accessible to re-users:


In my view its a best practice to publish at least the "Descriptive"
and "Access" metadata for a dataset (and we have vocabularies for
doing that).

The other categories all help address issues of quality and utility:
is this dataset fit for my purposes?

Publishing "Indicator" metadata also helps build trust: knowing that
as dataset is being updated, is being consumed by others, etc can help
build confidence that it's can be relied upon.

Importantly, I think these categories largely cut across details of
how a dataset is actually published (download, api, linked data, etc),
so may be a good starting point for teasing out useful requirements.



Leigh Dodds
Freelance Technologist
Open Data, Linked Data Geek
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