The draft recommendations for a web service to support use of HECoS are as follows.
Please comment on matters such as priority, relevance, clarity, and sufficiency.
HECoS should be Five Star Open Data – available on the web under open licence as structured data in non proprietary format, URI’s should be used to denote things and the data should be linked to other data to provide context.
The system used to host HECoS must support a broad range of open formats, which could include BS8723-5, DC, MADS, SKOS-Core, VDEX, XTM, Zthes, JSON, JSON-LD and CSV.
In order to satisfy version control requirements, the HECoS web service must provide an API that can serve different slices and versions of the vocabulary set.
The HECoS web service must maintain a comprehensive history of every term used in the scheme.
In order to facilitate interoperability, and ensure that HECoS is easily discoverable, the coding scheme should be described using the metadata format (VoID) most commonly used by existing open data registries and repositories e.g datahub.io and data.gov.uk. Other metadata formats that may be relevant include the Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS) and the Data Catalogue Vocabulary (DCAT).
Where appropriate, the HECoS web service should follow the recommendations of the Cabinet Office Open Standards Board.
This is one of a set of pages seeking comment on the draft Governance Model.