RE: Comments on DCAT draft

#1 - perhaps the header is wrong - should be "DXWG Family of Documents" ?
#2 - the only mention of equivalence relationships between external vocabularies and schema: elements is in the Alignments chapter. This is clearly marked 'Non-normative' (actually nothing in the ED as I write this email, though a PR is pending which does show these). 

-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Coyle [] 
Sent: Thursday, 20 September, 2018 00:23
Subject: Comments on DCAT draft

I had promised to do a read of the DCAT draft, mainly to catch any areas that weren't clear to me from a "new reader" point of view. Most of the comments below are editorial, and thus possibly a matter of taste - use or not, as desired.

I have two comments that might be substantive:

DCAT Family of Documents
- I think that the profile-related documents are perhaps a family, but the intention was that those not be specific to DCAT. Does DCAT fit the definition of "family member" in this case?

6.2 says:

"The definitions (including domain and range) of terms outside the DCAT namespace are provided here only for convenience and MUST NOT be considered normative. The authoritative definitions of these terms are in the corresponding specifications:"

What about where statements define an equivalence or relationship between a class or property in DCAT and one in another namespace, e.g.:

owl:equivalentClass schema:DataCatalog ;

or in the case of statements in which both subject and object are outside of DCAT:

owl:equivalentProperty schema:name ;

Is the definition about "normativity" clear for the interpretation of these types of examples?

## Editorial comments ## (my suggestions after the "-")

"It also makes it possible to have a decentralized approach to publishing data catalogs and makes federated search for datasets across catalogs in multiple sites possible using the same query mechanism and structure. Aggregated DCAT metadata can serve as a manifest file as part of the digital preservation process."
- It also makes possible a decentralized approach to data catalog publication and facilitates federated search for datasets in catalogs across sites using a single query mechanism and structure. Aggregated DCAT metadata can serve as a manifest file for digital preservation.

3. Namespaces
However, it can be noted that DCAT...
- However, note that DCAT

DCAT itself defines a minimal set of classes and properties of its own.
- DCAT defines a minimal...

4. Conformance

A data catalog conforms to DCAT if:

    Access to data is organized into datasets, distributions, and data-services.
    An RDF description of the catalog itself and its datasets, distributions, and data-services is available
- Wasn't there discussion of datasets not in catalogs? Is this still an open question? If so, should it be noted here?

5. Vocabulary
dcat:Resource represents an item in a catalog.
- dcat:Resource represents a dataset or service in a catalog.
- dcat:Resource represents an entry in a catalog.

That's all - very impressive work. Thanks, everyone.

Karen Coyle

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