[ckan-discuss] Guidance for use of Author and Maintainer fields

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon Aug 2 14:05:20 BST 2010

On 1 August 2010 07:56, Glen Barnes <glen at opengovt.org.nz> wrote:
>>> We will quickly come up with list of commonly used tags and we can refine based on future usage. We can then work on the presentation layer for these tags, for example one of my first recommendations would be an external uses set of tags to create links to uses of the data "in the wild":
>> I think we should probably also distinguish in our terminology between
>> "tags" and "extras" (i.e. extension fields).
> I see what you mean. I was using two things interchangeably when I didn't mean to. To clarify:
> tags = random single words to describe a dataset.
> extension fields = structured data to describe a dataset out side of the core package fields.
> What I have described in my examples are extension fields.

Got it.

>> For tags we should really work out our standardization. Up until now
>> we have used a rather hacky approach of key-value e.g. country-uk.
>> This should clearly change since '-' gets used in "normal" tags.
> Well tags by definition are just words right? I don't think we can force tags onto people. If a 'type' of tag gets used a lot then it is a candidate for an extension field? The country tag should really be an extension field right?

I completely agree: tags are pretty loose though over time we may see
migration of a heavily used structured tags to extension fields as
standardization happens.


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