January 28th, 2016
The Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group has published the near final version of its Dataset Usage Vocabulary. It is designed to answer the natural desire of publishers to be able to see how the data that they have gone to the effort of sharing is being used. Dataset users can encourage continued publication by providing that information.
By specifying a number of foundational concepts used to collect dataset consumer feedback, experiences, and citation references associated with a dataset, the Dataset Usage Vocabulary allows APIs to be written to support collaboration across the Web by structurally publishing consumer opinions and experiences, and provide a means for data consumers and producers to advertise and search for published open dataset usage.