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[dxwg] Options for metadata to describe tabular data in a more strutured way? (#1418)

From: Sabine Maennel via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 06:07:18 +0000
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sabinem has just created a new issue for https://github.com/w3c/dxwg:

== Options for metadata to describe tabular data in a more strutured way? ==
I am just wondering, why does DCAT not help in a more structured way with providing metadata about tabular data? 

A lot of data is provided as csv files, which would then be dcat:Distributions. For a datauser it is of great importance to understand the tabular structure of these data files. So in the csv file example: what is the meaning of each column?
DCAT provides an unstrutured dct:description for this purpose, but as far as I know there is no support to describe tabular data in a more structured way with it. Or am I wrong with this? In case I am right about this: Why did DCAT go this way?

What I found on describing metadata of tabular data was this here: https://www.w3.org/TR/tabular-data-model/#locating-metadata

I also found a property https://resources.data.gov/resources/dcat-us/#distribution-describedBy DCAT-US, that might help in this regard.

This issue is mainly about understanding. 

Please view or discuss this issue at https://github.com/w3c/dxwg/issues/1418 using your GitHub account

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