[okfn-labs] Using Git (and Github) for Data - a Data Pattern

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Tue Jul 2 16:04:44 UTC 2013

Hi Pieter,

Thanks for sharing this - I hadn't seen this before and it looks very
interesting. Do you have a demo site using this by any chance - e.g. a web
app where edits are versioned into the RDF database running rawbase on top
of it?


On 2 July 2013 15:20, Pieter Colpaert <pieter.colpaert at okfn.org> wrote:

> Hi Rufus,
> You might also like the git for triples we're building in our lab at the
> university of Ghent: http://rawbase.github.io
> Paper from WWW13 can be found here:
> https://t.co/FxedWgR13Y
> Kind regards,
> Pieter
> On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> I wanted to give a heads up on a new post I've put out today under the
>> title of "Git (and Github) for data":
>> <http://blog.okfn.org/2013/07/02/git-and-github-for-data/>
>> <excerpt>
>> The ability to do “version control” for data is a big deal. There are
>> various options but one of the most attractive is to reuse existing
>> tools for doing this with code, like git and mercurial. This post
>> describes a simple “data pattern” for storing and versioning data
>> using those tools which we’ve been using for some time and found to be
>> very effective.
>> </excerpt>
>> The basic pattern is very simple and probably familiar to lots of folks
>> here:
>> 1. Storing data as line-oriented text and specifically as CSV files.
>> “Line oriented text” just indicates that individual units of the data
>> such as a row of a table (or an individual cell) corresponds to one
>> line.
>> 2. Use best of breed (code) versioning like git mercurial to store and
>> manage the data.
>> As people know, this is exactly the model in use for a while with
>> <https://github.com/datasets> and http://data.okfn.org/
>> Regards,
>> Rufus
>> PS: I should also add that the appearance of this post at the same
>> time as Max Ogden's recent Dat efforts is entirely fortuitous
>> coincidence - the original draft of this post was done a while ago
>> (polishing for actual publication always gets put off!), though I have
>> sought to add in some additional links in light of recent
>> developments!
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