W3C data recommendations -- there are many!

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) publishes a range of specifications and guidelines which help move web standards forward.

However, even when restricting scope to the Latest version of specifications with the status Recommendation and with the tag Data, there are currently 77 of them: https://www.w3.org/TR/?tag=data&status=REC&version=latest!

I read through the listing, and here I try to categorize and present a subset of the specifications that I think are most relevant to scientific data management:

I have left out specifications for serialization, i.e. the text-based appearance of things when viewing/editing them and their formats as files as disk.

Still, 14 specifications is a lot! I’ve tried to list them out in each category in order of roughly decreasing “bang for your learning buck” for typical use cases I’ve encountered.

I’d love to hear from you which, if any, of the specifications above you’ve found useful and/or which you would like to know better (or at all!).

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