[open-heritage] Open data from cultural heritage organisations?
rob at robmyers.org
Sun Nov 21 12:10:46 GMT 2010
On 11/20/2010 05:05 PM, ianibbo at gmail.com wrote:
> One of the things thats always interested me a bit (We should do a
> conf call again soon :)) is the OKFN's obsession with big data files.
> CultureGrid is entirely downloadable, just not as massive data files,
> providing an OAI interface instead. There seems to be some resistance
> in OKFN to anything other than data files as a means for distributing
> content? I've been minded to write an OAI -> Datafile service, but it
> feels a bit icky somehow. Is there a resistance to OAI or is it just
> not well enough understood?
I appreciate that APIs can be very useful for institutions on a number
of levels, and that they may be the price of access. But as someone who
works with both web APIs and big old blobs of data I would say that the
latter are less hassle to use, a more reliable resource, and more
supportive of serious analysis.
> In terms of the license - It's difficult because the data belongs to
> the providers not the aggregator. I think Nick Poole was taking an
> interest in the licensing issue, it's something we should re-visit.
It would be great if the licence could be made data.gov.uk compatible.
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