[Issue #02] property 'isAuthoritative' for datasets


As Bart H. mentioned, the Belgian base registry model includes a boolean property "isAuthoritative" to indicate that a dataset or part of a dataset (called data element) is the official base data —a base registry can be a mix of authoritative and non-authoritative elements, e.g. a company base registry may also contain addresses because the official address registry is not yet in production.

There is always controversy when those flags are used to describe things semantically, but this is a direct solution to describe master data  and the parts that are official or not. Declaring this property is mandatory in this model. 


Proposal: to create the property 'isAuthoritative' to describe if data (dataset/datasource/data-element) is official or not. 

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Thu, 16/05/2019 - 09:31

The Dutch base registry model (currently Dutch commentary only) implemented a similar property, i.e. 'sc:authentiek', for the same reasons, but only with data elements in mind. It is also not mandatory yet.

Although there are some differences: +1 to the proposal

Tue, 28/05/2019 - 05:57

Support this proposal (during our work with the national data catalog, which also contains descriptions of all major base registries, such a property is miss in DCAT-AP).

Thu, 30/05/2019 - 15:47

+1 to the proposal too.

We don't have a registry of Spanish registries yet, but in our prototype we also use a similar property for data elements.

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