Work in progress on Data Exchange Working Group Charter (Advance Notice)


The W3C Advisory Committee received an advance notice today that the W3C team is working on a draft charter [1] for a new Data Exchange Working Group to follow up on the topics discussed at the W3C "Smart Descriptions & Smarter Vocabularies (SDSVoc)" workshop, held on 30 November - 1 December 2016 in Amsterdam [2].

The workshop report [3] clear conclusion was that a new Working Group is needed to achieve two goals:

1. Revise and expand the Data Catalog Vocabulary, DCAT [4] to cover versioning, data series, APIs and more.

2. Develop the concepts of data profiles (cardinality constraints and enumerated allowed values) and, from that, the mechanisms for content negotiation by those profiles. Following a careful analysis of the current state of the art, presented at the workshop, an Internet Draft is already in preparation on this topic [5]. The WG's role will be to put this in context and explain how fallback mechanisms can be used.

We encourage public comments and suggestions on the draft charter in the dxwg GitHub issue repository [6]. If W3C Advisory Committee representatives wish to make member-confidential comments, share general expressions of interest and support, please send them to <>.

A formal Advisory Committee Review for the new charter is expected in April 2017.

Coralie Mercier, Head of W3C Marketing & Communications


Coralie Mercier  -  W3C Marketing & Communications - +336 4322 0001

Received on Monday, 20 February 2017 19:20:19 UTC