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

I believe the language "...DCAT is designed to describe any sort of
dataset but always within the context of a catalog..." is too strong.
As always with W3C vocabularies, adopters are free to adopt
vocabularies in an  la carte fashion. "Always" looks like "must" to
me. "Usually" is perhaps better?

There are many use cases for DCAT in the scientific community in which
the notion of a catalog does not fit with current practice -- *we*
might be able to make the concept fit, but the scientists might not be
ready to.* Yet the dataset model fits nicely.

[*] There are of course many, MANY examples in scientific data
management in which the catalog model fits beautifully...

On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 7:15 AM, Phil Archer <> wrote:
> The proposal says that DCAT will include
> * an informative reference to VoID,
>  * a brief explanation of the difference in scope between both vocabularies,
>  * 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 may not be published within a catalog.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.
> Phil.
> 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
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