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Re: DCAT Last Call issues: definition of Dataset -- examples

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:51:41 +0000
Cc: "Public GLD WG" <public-gld-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <D55F9A1C-E5AB-4380-8160-D99C2A53F5A4@cyganiak.de>
To: "Makx Dekkers" <makx@makxdekkers.com>
On 25 Mar 2013, at 16:03, "Makx Dekkers" <makx@makxdekkers.com> wrote:
> DCAT defines Dataset as "A collection of data, published or curated by a single source, and available for access or download in one or more formats".
> This definition does not give a clear indication of characteristics that distinguish a Dataset from a more general rdfs:Resource. Would it be possible to at least provide some examples of existing resources that fall within this definition, and (even more importantly) some examples that do not?
> In a conversation on the public mailing list (http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-gld-wg/2012Sep/0062.html), it was mentioned that “Any file stored on disk is a data set”.  This implies that any machine-readable information (including PDF files!) can be considered a dcat:Dataset. That doesn’t sound right to me.

We've had that discussion many times. The best definition of “dataset” I've heard is still: “A set of data.”

I don't see why a PDF file containing a big table shouldn't be considered a dataset. That's not the most useful form for re-use, of course.

You seem to be suggesting that datasets must have some minimum number of TimBL stars [1] in order to be described with DCAT. I don't think such a restriction helps anybody.


[1] http://5stardata.info
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