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Re: status of DCAT

From: James McKinney <james@opennorth.ca>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:09:37 -0500
To: Public GLD WG <public-gld-wg@w3.org>
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Adding an implementation: I can confirm that the White House's Project Open Data http://project-open-data.github.io/ uses the latest DCAT. I can put you in touch with the government staff on the project. It may be of interest that they recreated the terms dataQuality and dataDictionary in their own namespace since they found them to be useful.

You can see which terms they use at http://project-open-data.github.io/metadata-resources/ They have template and example XML and HTML (RDFa) files, but they are out-of-date with their current schema - I have submitted a patch to correct the errors.

I see that there was some discussion on October 31 (which I missed) about vCard and deprecation. It seems that the issue was resolved, but if there are any questions about vCard let me know - I'm a co-author, though Renato did the heavy-lifting.



On 2013-10-17, at 5:15 AM, James McKinney wrote:

> Hi Fadi and all,
> I believe OKFN is open to adopting DCAT - has anyone asked? I'll be meeting with several people responsible for CKAN in the next week, so I can bring it up.
> I've also worked to get Project Open Data [1] to use the latest version of DCAT. Unfortunately, the employees responsible are furloughed, so the last few corrections have yet to be merged. Once the US government reboots, we should see compliant implementations, but it looks like so far no agency has implemented their recommendations.
> 1. http://project-open-data.github.io/
> James
> On 2013-10-17, at 1:08 AM, Fadi Maali wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I would really still love to see DCAT moving on the Rec track if possible. AFAIK, the main problem is the lack of compliant implementations (data). 
>> This is mainly for two reasons:
>> 1. There exists a number of plans to provide DCAT data but none is out yet. For examples:
>> -EU: DCAT Application Profile https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/asset/dcat_application_profile/asset_release/dcat-application-profile-data-portals-europe-final
>> - Spain: there is an official decision by the government that all datasets must be published using DCAT https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/asset/dcat_application_profile/news/spanish-government-publishes-metadata-specification-describing-p
>> - Belgium: see a tweet from Paul Hermans https://twitter.com/PaulZH/status/385684667388919808
>> 2. Existing data uses older version of DCAT and are non-compliant therefore. 
>> I have looked into a number of available DCAT data and summarised the results at:
>> http://www.w3.org/2011/gld/wiki/DCAT_Implementations
>> All data I was able to find is non-compliant.
>> In addition, With OKFN having their own JSON-based dataset description recommendation and the Schema.org Dataset extension, it is harder to find DCAT data.
>> It would be great if we can think of a set of actions that we might do in order to DCAT on Rec track. Could we provide implementations ourselves? What other items are required to keep DCAT on Rec track?
>> --------------------------------------------------
>> Fadi Maali
>> PhD student @ Insight Galway (formerly DERI)
>> Irish Research Council Embark Scholarship holder
>> http://www.deri.ie/users/fadi-maali
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