What would be the most important initial use cases the semantic web community would like to see semantic.data.gov tackle?
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Like many commercial product catalogs (i.e. Amazon.com) there is a web services api to search/access the catalog. Of course there are also REST APIs to do this (don't want a REST versus web services flame war here).
What catalog API would developers suggest for data.gov?
Is there a standard catalog API suitable for data.gov?
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Though there is another idea regarding a wikipedia entry... I think it is important to have a separate wiki set up for developers as there are many developer topics where collaboration is key. Of course, there are tons of precedent for this whereby many major development efforts/sites have developer wikis.
There should be a way to search for data that was created in 1997.
There should also be a way to search for only static data. Likewise there should be a way to filter by only data that is actively being updated or dynamic.
Make sure the site is 508 accessible since its managed by GSA who are responsible for 508!
Currently users can rate the data usefulness etc but the rating isn't that meaningful because it isn't related to what the user is looking for. Adding an ability for users to tag datasets with keywords will make it easier for people to run more specific searches. And, if you allow users to associate ratings to keywords the rating system will deliver much richer information.
I am a consultant that often works with a lot of government entities and it would be nice to have a web service to call to retrieve the datasets and display in our systems.