To clarify my position a bit, I don't feel qualified to spend my time on data formats now. But, if other people want to work on it, that's great.
I started this thread because I hoped to inspire more collective reflection on what we're ultimately trying to accomplish and on what steps are required to make that happen. I wasn't sure where I stood, and the conversation here has helped a lot in clarifying my thoughts. Thanks for all the great feedback.
I've concluded that I'm not ready to contribute to work on data formats because I've not yet grown any food hydroponically. For me, making recommendations on data formats would be talking about things I don't understand. First, I need to meet my prerequisites--grow food.
My main goals for now are:
- Gather and share information about simple hydroponic methods to start growing food
- Start growing food and sharing updates on my progress
- Help other people start growing food
[edit: I don't want to give the impression that I'm abandoning this topic. Rather, I think that experience growing food will help me discuss this intelligently. Right now I don't understand clearly what data might actually matter.]