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RE: Introductions

From: Young,Jeff (OR) <jyoung@oclc.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 12:32:41 -0400
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I'm Jeff Young[1], Software Architect in OCLC Research[2]. I've been
involved with various Web and library standards over the years including
PURL[3], OAI-PMH[4], OAI-ORE[5], "info" URI[6], and OpenURL[7]. I was
also the architect of the WorldCat Registry[8] where we tried to gather
and identify a variety of key non-bibliographic assets within the
organization and make them identifiable, discoverable, updatable, and
reusable on the Web. 

An interesting internal discussion from early in the WorldCat Registry
project was a debate about "what does an institution identifier really
identify: the institution or its record?" The "correct" answer didn't
become clear until Linked Data showed the way. "Institutions" are "real
world objects" ("non-information resources"); "records" are "real world
objects" AND "information resources"; "web pages" are "Web documents"
("information resources"). These are all separate things that deserve
resolvable and interrelated Linked Data URIs.

IMO, we need to especially beware of the ambiguity of "record" caused by
the shift in jargon in the Cool URIs document from
"non-information"/"information" resource to "real world object"/"Web
document"[9]. This will be a potential stumbling block for those who
believe "record" is an essential class in the library model. 


[1] http://www.oclc.org/research/people/young.htm
[2] http://www.oclc.org/research/
[3] http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/purl/default.htm 
[4] http://www.openarchives.org/organization/tech.comm.html 
[6] http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/infouri/default.htm 
[7] http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/openurl/default.htm
[8] http://worldcat.org/registry/Institutions 
[9] http://www.w3.org/TR/cooluris/#oldweb
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