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DCAT Catalog: technology aspect of access

From: <vasily.bunakov@stfc.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:07:50 +0000
To: <public-gld-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <2593C73BF2969942A2CA1F7C437688FB5037ED6F@EXCHMBX03.fed.cclrc.ac.uk>

There is some means to describe the regulation aspect of access to the catalogue in DCAT - Catalog:license

However, there is no means to describe the technology aspect of it, e.g. whether there is any API to harvest the catalogue records, or whether they are downloadable in some structured format, or whether they are just watchable on the Web so one would need to copy-n-paste if wanted to get them.

In practice, both regulation and the technology seem important for the exchange of catalogue records so I would suggest to add a new property in DCAT Catalog class, under the name of "interface" as an example. The range of it can be some sort of a statement or a manifest that describes how one can get the catalogue records so the potential variety of interfaces will be encapsulated within that statement/manifest.

With kind regards,
Vasily Bunakov
STFC Scientific Computing

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