Re: Resolving ISSUE-54, relationship of DCAT to VoID

The proposal says that DCAT will include

* an informative reference to VoID,
  * a brief explanation of the difference in scope between both 
  * a pointer to a place that talks about the relationship in more 
detail, which would ideally be an updated VoID spec.

Which seems right. However, do you or Fadi have some suggested text? 
Please improve on this, for example:

The VoID vocabulary is widely used to describe linked data sets that may 
or may not be published within a catalog. DCAT is designed to describe 
any sort of dataset but always within the context of a catalog. This 
difference in use case is what leads to the differences between the two 
vocabularies. Publishers are encouraged to publish metadata about their 
linked data sets using VoID in addition to records that appear in 
catalogs that use DCAT.

That's quite a strong endorsement of VoID of course but as an 
informative bit of text we should be OK.


On 08/03/2013 11:26, Richard Cyganiak wrote:
> There are two remaining issues on DCAT that we couldn't address in the telco. A Proposals for one of them is below. If you have any objection to the proposed course of action, please say so via email.
> ISSUE-54: Relationship of DCAT and VoID
> PROPOSAL: Resolve ISSUE-54 by adding the following text to the DCAT introduction:
> [[
> Data can come in many formats, ranging from spreadsheets over XML and RDF to various speciality formats. DCAT does not make any assumptions about the format of the datasets described in a catalog. Other, complementary vocabularies may be used together with DCAT to provide more detailed format-specific information. For example, properties from the VoID vocabulary [[VoID]] can be used to express various statistics about a DCAT-described dataset if that dataset is in RDF format.
> ]]


Phil Archer
W3C eGovernment
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Received on Friday, 8 March 2013 12:16:00 UTC