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CSV on the Web Working Group

The mission of the CSV on the Web Working Group, part of the Data Activity, is to provide technologies whereby data dependent applications on the Web can provide higher interoperability when working with datasets using the CSV (Comma-Separated Values) or similar formats. As well as single CSV files, the group will define mechanisms for interpreting a set of CSVs as relational data. This will include the definition of a vocabulary for describing tables expressed as CSV and locatable on the web, and the relationships between them.

Read the full charter and join the Working Group.


Main Working Group Deliverables

  • CSV Data on the Web: Use Cases and Requirements (Working Group Note)
  • Model for Tabular Data and Metadata on the Web ("Access methods for CSV Metadata" in the charter) (Recommendation)
  • Metadata vocabulary for CSV data (Recommendation)
  • Mapping mechanism to transforming CSV into various Formats (e.g., RDF, JSON, or XML) (Recommendation)

See the full charter for further details.

Work In Progress

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Standing Agenda

Weds 10:00 Boston Time (15:00 GMT UK time). Zakim code should be 2789 (ie CSVW) and the irc channel

Nearby: Zakim/IRC info

Nearby: WebEx Dial-in info

Chair(s): JeniT or DanBri


(Note: in some cases the agenda is missing: that means the standing agenda applies, meaning: "going through open issues")



Meetings are held on Wednesdays, at 10:00 US Eastern which is, usually, 16:00 Central European Time (see Word Clock for other time zones). To join this telco, use the following logistics:

Related Events Calendar

WG members attending related events are encouraged to share event details here, and where possible meet up with others from the WG for ad hoc collaboration. See also the W3C Events Calendar.

W3C Working Group Resources

Patent Policy

This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.

For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Status Page.


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