Web Data

How to publish data on the Web. Web Data principles help you to be open and webby.

The Web Data Principles are a simple set of guidelines about how to make structured information more useful on the Web. The Web Data Principles are a set of simple principles and patterns, and not a specific set of technologies. For a much more detailed set of recommendations, you might want to check out the W3C's "Data on the Web Best Practices" document

The Web Data Principles are more liberal than the 5-star model of Linked Data, which makes specific statements about required technologies. In addition, the Web Data Principles do not propose a hierarchy of stars. Each star can be awarded individually, and it is thus up to the providers of Web Data to decide which of the five principles they are following.

Star One: Linkable

★ Create and publish global and stable identifiers for resources.

Star Two: Parseable

★ Use standardized metamodels so that representations can be easily parsed.

Star Three: Understandable

★ Use well-known vocabularies/schemas so that understanding resources is well-defined.

Star Four: Linked

★ Link to other resources whenever possible.

Star Five: Usable

★ Label your resources with a license, so that others know how they can use them.

Click on each individual principle to learn more about it. For each principle, it is described why it matters, what is necessary to implement the principle, and how it can be done with specific technologies and techniques.

Recent Updates:

Nov 1, 2016: Web Data is using Jekyll

Web Data was switched to using Jekyll today. There still are many things to do and clean up, but at least now Web Data has its own domain and a...

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