[okfn-discuss] OECD paper on publishing standards for datasets

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Thu May 28 19:29:04 UTC 2009

Oops - I just realised that Rob posted this on the list already!


Apologies for repost. :-)


On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 8:51 PM, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org> wrote:
> Thought this might be of interest. The paper suggests a list of
> required fields for datasets. Could be something to think about with
> respect to CKAN and similar projects.
> Jonathan
> We Need Publishing Standards for Datasets and Data Tables
> http://www.oecd.org/document/25/0,3343,en_21571361_33915056_42600857_1_1_1_1,00.html
> On 20th April 2009, OECD has released a white paper, We Need
> Publishing Standards for Datasets and Data Tables, which examines the
> problems with current data discoverability and citations and the
> remedy in creating industry standards for bibliographic dataset
> metadata and linking.
> Written by Toby Green, Head of Publishing at OECD and an expert in
> data publishing, the paper details the problems with user ability to
> locate and reference online data. Datasets are a significant part of
> the scholarly record and being published much more frequently but with
> widely inconsistent metadata, links and citations.
> The paper proposes bibliographic metadata standards that could be
> implemented to provide users and librarians with data that is as
> accessible and as easy to find and catalogue as written works like
> journal articles and book chapters.  By following existing scholarly
> metadata standards, datasets can easily utilise the existing discovery
> channels that are used by e-journals and e-books, including library
> systems, cross reference linking, publishing platforms, and search
> engines.
> The paper provides straightforward standards that publishers,
> librarians and data providers can implement to improve the
> accessibility and usage of important datasets, both the data that
> underlies scholarly works and data in that is published in its own
> right.
> Permanent URL for the white paper which includes a summary of the
> standards proposed and an annex with the detailed proposal:
> http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/603233448430.
> --
> Jonathan Gray
> Community Coordinator
> The Open Knowledge Foundation
> http://www.okfn.org

Jonathan Gray

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