We engaged in a bit of back-and-forth, and he encouraged me to set my ideas out a bit more clearly. I got somewhat inspired, and created an imaginary tool called "odit" -- the Open Data Integration Tool. I mocked out a functional design, and wrote a user guide outlining the intended functionalty.
Here's the result: http://odit.readthedocs.org/en/latest/
I'd appreciate comments and feedback. Is this something you'd consider valuable enough to use? Is it worth building?
Here's a teaser of what you'll find over at readthedocs....
||Create a new project.||
||Shares the dataset online|
||Append to a local dataset.||
||Revise the content of a dataset|
||Specify the license for a data set|