This base REST url returns a list of information but it should be including more. The most important field (for me) that it is currently missing is a 'version' field for each plugin:
Currently if I want to get the version of every installed plugin then I have to GET from the '/jira/rest/plugins/latest' and then do an additional GET of every 'self' rest URL that I find in that request. This is very slow.
This is the data that I get back from one example 'self' REST url:
Considering the differences between the two I would think that the following fields should also be in the base REST results:
They are listed in order of importance; having the version of the plugin in that request would be very useful to anybody querying the url.