Our work is focused around "Data Packages", lightweight "packaging" format for data that provide a basis for convenient publication, installation and management of datasets.
They aim to deliver functionality similar to "packaging" in software and "containerization" in shipping: a simple wrapper and basic structure for transportation of data that significantly reduces the friction in data sharing and integration, supports automation and does this without imposing major changes on the underlying data being packaged.
The specification is now fairly mature and has a growing set of tooling around it. There is a particular focus on tabular data but any kind of data can be "packaged". Because of its lightweight and simple nature it is easy to adopt both for data publishers, data users and data tool makers.
Engaging and evangelizing around the concepts, standards and tooling and building a community of users and contributors.
Find out more about our Vision
There's too much friction working with data - friction getting data, friction processing data, friction sharing data.
This friction stops people: stops them creating, sharing, and collaborating with data.
It stops the cycle of find, improve, share that would make for a dynamic and productive data ecosystem.
We need to make an open data ecosystem that, like open-source for software, is useful and attractive to those without any principled interest, the vast majority who simply want the best tool for the job, the easiest route to their goal.