[open-science] How should we publish survey/tabular data? A Panton Paper?

Andy Turner A.G.D.Turner at leeds.ac.uk
Mon Jul 18 16:01:17 UTC 2011

Inferring type is sometimes not straightforward, but file names can help... If publishing data though, one can be clear about the MIME type (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_media_type) for each different file download.

For geospatial table data and MIME types for the main geospatial mark-up language GML there is the following documentation from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC:
Tabular geospatial data for the OGC Table Joining Service (http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/tjs) was expected as XML.
For the latest GML Encoding, the MIME type allows for optional parameters for "version" and "charset" (http://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/?artifact_id=37743).

I expect that something similar is wanted as well as converters for when the data is wanted in another format.

Sorry, I've rushed this message, but the main point is that the format should be unambiguous regardless of the file name.


From: open-science-bounces at lists.okfn.org [mailto:open-science-bounces at lists.okfn.org] On Behalf Of Peter Murray-Rust
Sent: 17 July 2011 09:09
To: Frey J.G.
Cc: open-science
Subject: Re: [open-science] How should we publish survey/tabular data? A Panton Paper?

Completely agreed. It should be relatively simple to tie up the apparent file suffixes and the content. Of course files called *.dat won't do much for us. But a *.CSV should read into a CSV library. We can probably detect that a *.gif reads into a GIF library.
On Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 10:42 PM, Frey J.G. <J.G.Frey at soton.ac.uk<mailto:J.G.Frey at soton.ac.uk>> wrote:
How about an automated check data (file) format service? Difficult but useful!? Just for the very simple data vs image etc
Jeremy Frey

Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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