[ckan-discuss] Questions and comments about package/group maintenance
richard at cyganiak.de
Sat Jul 10 19:06:20 BST 2010
A few comments and questions on ckan.net, from a package/group
maintainer's point of view.
Comment: Adding a package to a group should be possible from the
package's page. Currently one has to go to the group page and click
"edit", then copy-paste the package name into a field. That's
Comment: The search box should be accessible from every page, not just
from the home page. The extra click becomes quite annoying when one
has to search a lot. (Or please at least place a "search" link
somewhere on every page.)
Question: Are there guidelines for naming packages? Around
capitalization, abbreviations, what to put in or leave out?
Question: How to treat packages where the data is originally created
by one party, then re-packaged in a different format elsewhere on the
web by another party? That's quite a common case in the RDF/LOD world.
In several cases, the same data has even been re-packaged multiple
times by different parties. Should I create a package for the original
data and one for (each of) the re-packaged version(s)? How do I
indicate the original source?
Question: A lot of the tags used in ckan.net appear to have very
specific meaning (todo.list-datasets, access-bulk, access-registration
and so on). Are the meaning of these tags documented somewhere? I want
to correctly categorize packages that I create, but I find it
difficult because I don't know what tags to use.
Question: Is there a convention for specifying the date when a package
(or rather the data in the package) has been last modified?
Question: For packages whose data is accessible via a SPARQL endpoint,
I'd like to add the SPARQL endpoint URL to the ckan.net package
information. Is there an existing convention for this? Should I add a
custom URL with format="sparql", description="SPARQL endpoint"?
Comment: In general, it seems like package and group maintainers must
follow quite a large number of conventions for ckan.net to be really
useful. I would have expected some documentation on this in the user
guide, but couldn't find much of help. I think this area of the
documentation needs work.
All the best,
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