One of the things that we would be interested in is helping as many people as possible using open data datasets. That would imply documenting and curating datasets. But of course this would be even better if not only us could do that, but if others could do it on their own too. So we would be interested in creating a set of tools that we as well as anyone could use to document, curate and share datasets.
Being an R adept, I’d be interested in using R to develop these tools (including GUIs, with Shiny for example). Compatibility with OKF’s Data Packages spec (or, at least to begin with, the Tabular Data Package spec) would also be an imortant feature. We would build on the existing ROpenSci package.
Now the R Consortium has a program to financially (or otherwise) support “Technical Initiatives, Community Events and Training to Support R User Community”. We are considering submitting an application. So we were wondering if anyone here might be interested in working with us on that, or even if the OKFN would like to take part into the submission.
Anyway, we’re still at the beginning of your thinking on this so we’re very much open to remarks, criticisms, suggestions and so on.