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Re: [dxwg] Distributions, services and implementation-resources (#411)

From: Andrea Perego via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:06:48 +0000
To: public-dxwg-wg@w3.org
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@agreiner , I have the impression that the use cases you outlined are (at least partially) related to what discussed in https://github.com/w3c/dxwg/issues/433 , so my guess is that they can be addressed accordingly - i.e., if a dataset is published for re-use and/or for reproducing an experiment, the contained distribution(s) are those needed to do the job, and which should be used for doing what is supposed to be indicated in the description of the distribution, and, in addition, by some properties (possibly providing machine-actionable information - e.g., the specification of the spatial/temporal resolution level, the reference system used, etc.).

Said that, the possible use cases are so heterogeneous that, IMO, this problem cannot be solved with metadata only. In many cases, the most effective and straightforward option is to get in touch with the data provider, and ask for support. This is of course not in scope with the work we are doing (although there's [a BP in DWBP we could refer to](https://www.w3.org/TR/dwbp/#feedbacksection)), but it is one of the underestimated/neglected aspects of data publication (e.g., as far as I know, the FAIR principles do not mention this explicitly), and one of the main reasons why data are not re-used.


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