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Re: Dataset URIs and metadata.

From: Frans Knibbe <frans.knibbe@geodan.nl>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:19:57 +0200
Message-ID: <4E28358D.1040809@geodan.nl>
To: public-lod@w3.org

Thanks for the replies. It seems that there is agreement that a dataset 
should have a URI and that dereferencing that URI should return metadata 
about the dataset. That is good to know.

But is this really common practice nowadays? Take DBpedia for example. 
What is the URI of the DBpedia dataset? Is it http://dbpedia.org? That 
does not seem to resolve to a set of metadata.

Is there a general way of obtaining datasets URIs?

I can imagine an RDF dataset comprising all known dataset URIs. And of 
course that dataset will have a URI itself. Does such a dataset exist at 
the moment?


On 2011-07-21 12:35, Frans Knibbe wrote:
> Hello,
> I have just placed a Linked Data dataset online and now I am 
> struggling with finding the best way to publish the metadata of the 
> dataset. I wonder if there are best practices for referencing a 
> dataset and its metadata, and for linking the two.
> I did find out that using the Vocabulary of Interlinked Data (VoID) 
> <http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/interest/void/> is a good way to publish 
> the metadata of a dataset. But I still need some guidance. I have come 
> up with three questions:
> 1) Is it common practice/recommendable to regard a dataset a resource? 
> If it is, then all datasets should have a URI, right?
> 2) If having a dataset URI is a good thing, what should be behind the 
> URI? Should dereferencing the URI lead to the dataset metadata (a VoID 
> file for example)?
> 3) If dereferencing a dataset  URI leads to the dataset metadata, 
> should there be separate HTML and RDF versions of the metadata? Or is 
> it better to have a HTML page with embedded (RDFa) RDF data?
> Thanks in advance for your help,
> Frans 
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