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Re: [dxwg] How to express distributions provided as compressed files

From: Jakob Voß via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2018 21:02:15 +0000
To: public-dxwg-wg@w3.org
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@makxdekkers we don't have to cover all cases - @jakubklimek already summarized the most important ones. In short, a distribution file can these independent properties:

1. it can be compressed. If so, there is a compression format to reference
2. it can be a package file. If so, there is a package format to reference

Formats can be compression formats (e.g. gzip), package formats (e.g. tar), both (e.g. zip) or none of both (e.g. csv). Furthermore one and only one of these three cases may apply:

* a package file can follow a defined directory layout ([Data Package](https://frictionlessdata.io/specs/data-package/), [Twitter Archive](http://fileformats.archiveteam.org/wiki/Twitter) etc.). If so, this standard should be referenced 
* a package file can contain a set of files with same format (e.g. csv). If so, this format should be referenced
* a compressed non-package file can have a known format to be referenced

Three properties (compression, packaging, and format) should be enough, shouldn't it?

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