Re: reviewing the BP doc

Hi Makx and Annette,

Thanks for your messages and the great explanation!

Concerning Makx question, it is also not clear for me if distributions
contain the same data point. Initially, I thought that DCAT would allow
distributions that are just similar in nature but with different data
points. However, a dataset has properties dct:temporal and dct:spatial that
maybe will restrict the data. Then, in this case, considering the annual
budget example, different datasets will be created for different years, but
the distributions will contain the same data from the spatial and temporal

IMO there is something missing between a dataset and its distributions. In
the DWBP document, I used the notion of version, however after the
discussions with the group I think version is not the right concept. Maybe
something like "dataset instance" is more suitable. If we consider a
dataset as an abstract concept (I think it should be), then instances of a
dataset may be created according to different spatial and temporal
granularities. In the budget example, there will be a dataset, called
annual budget, and then there will be one instance of the dataset for each
year. When necessary, an instance may have a current version (the instance
itself) and one or more previous versions, where a version will represent
the state of the instance at a given moment. In this case, an instance will
have one or more distributions that should differ just in format or access

Please, let me know if this idea makes sense for you.


2015-06-22 6:31 GMT-03:00 Makx Dekkers <>:

>  Maybe to summarise a main question in my message of last Friday:
> Does DCAT (a) imply that all Distributions of a Dataset contain the* same*
> data points and only differ in format or access method/end point, or does
> it (b) allow Distributions of a Dataset to contain data that is* similar*
> in nature (such as annual budgets for different years)?
> This was the main question a group that I am involved in was not able to
> answer.
> Makx.
>    _____________________________________________
>       *From:* Makx Dekkers [
>       <>]
>       *Sent:* 19 June 2015 11:41
>       *To:* 'Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group'
>       *Subject:* RE: reviewing the BP doc
>       Just on the issue of data versioning:
>       >
>       > * Data Versioning
>       > The chart describes time series data, not versions of data. I
>       would say that, if
>       > released independently, the items in yellow each represent a
>       different
>       > dataset (they report different data points), not a different
>       version. If you
>       > revised any of them, then the original and the revision would be
>       different
>       > versions. I think by definition, versions attempt to report the
>       same data.
>       >
>       As I said in last week's call, this is related to the more general
>       issue of relationships between data files.

Bernadette Farias Lóscio
Centro de Informática
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - UFPE, Brazil

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