The W3C Data on the Web Best Practices is now a Proposed Recommendation. Complemented by the Dataset Usage and Data Quality vocabularies (both published today as stable Notes), the Best Practices set out how publishers can share data on the Web with maximum benefit by harnessing the Network Effect. Areas like licensing, provenance, access APIs, identifiers for and within datasets, feedback, enrichment and preservation are all covered in this comprehensive work.
The Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group has compiled a substantial implementation report that demonstrates that the Best Practices are followed across many domains including government, scientific research and cultural heritage. The three documents are designed to further develop a dynamic ecosystem in which data can be discovered, understood, evaluated and reused, and that reuse recognized. Comments are welcome through 15 January 2017.