[uf-new] Microformat for Datasets

Jordan Mendelson jordan at commoncrawl.org
Mon Mar 25 12:43:30 PDT 2013

I've spent a good amount of time looking at them and they've done a great job with defining what kinds of metadata is needed. It is though, incredibly heavy because of the goals of Linked Datasets in having online access to data in a kind of giant meta-database.

I'm interested in something far more modest: just the ability to discover datasets and easily pull out basic attributes. Most public datasets already have a webpage that describes them which contains all this information; they just isn't structured in any way that a search engine could easily identify as a dataset. Having a microformat seems like a natural way of doing that.

Does it sound like a good idea?


> I won't bug you with the "guidelines" on how to come up with new microformats because you can dig that up from the wiki and then collaborate with the community.
> If you do end up developing a new microformats for datasets, I suggest to take a look at VoID [1] and DCAT [2] (RDF vocabularies) as well.
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/void/
> [2] http://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-dcat/
> -Sarven
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