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Transition to CR

This page is to organize the documentation and evidence necessary to transition a document to Candidate Recommendation. The page's content will be used for the transition request and to inform the transition meeting for that document.

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Data Cube Timetable


The RDF Data Cube Vocabulary

Document Abstract

There are many situations where it would be useful to be able to publish multi-dimensional data, such as statistics, on the web in such a way that it can be linked to related data sets and concepts. The Data Cube vocabulary provides a means to do this using the W3C RDF (Resource Description Framework) standard. The model underpinning the Data Cube vocabulary is compatible with the cube model that underlies SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange), an ISO standard for exchanging and sharing statistical data and metadata among organizations. The Data Cube vocabulary is a core foundation which supports extension vocabularies to enable publication of other aspects of statistical data flows or other multi-dimensional data sets.

Status section and important changes to the document

The changes since Last Call are recorded in the document Change History. These are all editorial changes, no substantive changes have been made.

Current URI

Current publication URI is http://www.w3.org/TR/2013/WD-vocab-data-cube-20130312/

Proposed CR document is at: https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/gld/raw-file/default/data-cube/static-cr.html

Diff with LC document is at: https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/gld/raw-file/default/data-cube/static-diff.html

Final URI



The CR exit criteria are described here: Data Cube CR Exit Criteria

The process for submitting an implementation report is described here: How to submit a Data Cube Implementation Report

A list of known implementations at present is maintained at Data Cube Implementations

Evidence that dependencies with other groups met (or not)

There are no known dependencies with other groups.

Estimated publication date


Record of the Working Group's decision to request the Transition


Evidence that the document satisfies group's requirements

The charter requirement states:

Statistical "Cube" Data. The group will produce a vocabulary, compatible with SDMX, for expressing some kinds of statistical data. This need not be as expressive as all of SDMX, but may provide a subset as in the RDF Data Cube vocabulary. It may also include ways to annotate data to indicate its assumptions and comparability.

The specification is based directly on the previously RDF Data Cube vocabulary and so directly meets the charter requirement. It provides URIs for individual observations and groups of observations and so offers a basis for annotating data. It does not provide additional vocabulary to describe "assumptions and comparability" and so does not fully address the final optional aspect of the charter specification.

Evidence that the document has received wide review

The summary of Last Call responses is maintained at Data Cube LC comments.

The document received responses from 9 individuals or groups, outside of the working group. Four of these stated explicitly that they were already using the vocabulary.

Evidence that issues have been formally addressed

The summary of Last Call responses is maintained at Data Cube LC comments.

The only non-editorial comment has been rejected by the Working Group and this outcome has been accepted by the commenter [1].

Editorial changes have been confirmed with the commenters.


There have been no objections raised.

Patent disclosures

None declared.

The Working Group's Patent Disclosure page is: http://www.w3.org/2004/01/pp-impl/47663/status