End of Year Bonanza!

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Three of our data-centric Working Groups have rounded off their year and published new documents today.

First of all, congratulations are due to the CSV on the Web Working Group whose work has reached Recommendation status. That means they have successfully defined and proved technologies for describing tabular data, and for converting that data into either JSON or RDF. Thanks are due in particular to the co-chairs, Jeni Tennison and Dan Brickley, and to the WG stalwarts Jeremy Tandy, Gregg Kellogg and my colleague Ivan Herman.

The Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group has been making significant progress in the latter half of 2015 leading today to the publication of a substantially updated version of its primary document and one of its two vocabularies, the Data Quality Vocabulary. The former codifies the approach data publishers should take to encourage the maximum reuse of their work while the latter provides a framework in which assertions can be made about a dataset's quality and appropriateness for given tasks. The next iteration of DWBP's other vocabulary, the Dataset Usage Vocabulary is expected very early in the new year.

Finally the Spatial Data on the Web WG has updated its (extensive) use case document. This will underpin three Recommendations and a best practice document – there is a lot of ground to cover in this WG that sees W3C collaborating directly with our sister Standards Development Organization, the Open Geospatial Consortium. That working group's best practices document is close to being ready for formal publication (by both W3C and OGC) as a First public Working Draft.


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