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Christopher Gutteridge <cjg@ecs.soton.ac.uk> Thu, 14 May 2015 16:25 UTC

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Hi, we've been using the above well-known in a pilot project for open 
data autodiscovery and it seems to work well.

It's been implemented by a few UK universities already.
http://www.ox.ac.uk/.well-known/openorg
http://www.southampton.ac.uk/.well-known/openorg
http://www.sgul.ac.uk/.well-known/openorg
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/.well-known/openorg
http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/.well-known/openorg
http://hal.dmu.ac.uk/subsites/opd/dmu.ttl
https://www.cam.ac.uk/.well-known/openorg
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/.well-known/openorg

We allow an alternate option of specifying a <link rel='openorg'> 
element in the homepage. It is easier for some orgs to alter their 
template, others their webserver config.

The primary driver for this is to autodiscover open data about research 
equipment to create the website http://equipment.data.ac.uk/ but we are 
encouraging people to extend the use into other applications. The site 
http://opd.data.ac.uk/ provides documentation and tools to help people 
get it right, and http://opd.data.ac.uk/docs/auto explains how to set up 
autodiscovery.

We feel this approach is complimentary to /.well-known/void as "openorg" 
is intended to discover data about the organisation for which this is 
the homepage, and "void" is intended to discover linked datasets on a 
webserver.

It would be good to get around to formally registering the 'openorg' 
.well-known officially. We're excited about the long term possibilities.



-- 
Christopher Gutteridge -- http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/cjg

University of Southampton Open Data Service: http://data.southampton.ac.uk/
You should read the ECS Web Team blog: http://blogs.ecs.soton.ac.uk/webteam/