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Re: [dxwg] Add list of contributors to the DCAT document (#543)

From: Riccardo Albertoni via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:21:40 +0000
To: public-dxwg-wg@w3.org
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>In the interests of fairness, I think it would be good to have some rule of thumb for who we call out in the contributors section. I'm interested in feedback (or prior art/examples) for what this rule of thumb would be. I've looked at a few of the published specs but its hard to see a common pattern - indeed comparatively few use the "Contributors" field, and where it is used the list is usually quite short. [I may have just missed good examples....]

Let me mention some recent examples of spec having contributors
[Prov-O](https://www.w3.org/TR/prov-o), [SDW Best Practices](https://www.w3.org/TR/sdw-bp/), [DWBP- Best Practices](https://www.w3.org/TR/dwbp/), [DWBP- Data Quality Vocabulary](https://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-dqv/).

I think to decide a sharp contribution threshold is difficult, and anyway, it should be weighted on the total amount of efforts required to prepare each document.  Documents collecting best practices have usually a longer contributor list than others,  and that is quite comprehensible if we consider their intrinsic nature. I can list some examples of criteria for selecting contributors based on past experiences
- As far as I remember, in the DWBP- Best Practices,  all the people who were members of the group and have drafted one or more best practices have been included.
- As editors of the DQV,  Antoine and I included roughly all members who had helped in finding a solution for specific problems.  
- Attendance to most of the DCAT-related call,  and availability to make some of the "dirty-work" can be considered as a further element to consider.

I might be wrong, but I suspect that being or have been a group member is a prerequisite to being mentioned as a contributor, but this should be checked in the W3C rules.

>Is that the only category that we should include? 

No, less involved participants and commenters can be included in a section at the end of the document.
For example,  see [DQV acknowledgement](https://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-dqv/#acknowledgements), [PROV-O acknowledgement](https://www.w3.org/TR/prov-o/#acknowledgements)





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