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Preservation (was Re: "Publish the policies followed when coining URIs")

From: Jodi Schneider <jodi.schneider@deri.org>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 17:47:21 +0100
Cc: Tom Baker <tbaker@tbaker.de>, Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>, public-xg-lld@w3.org
Message-Id: <5F6D13AD-12D2-43E0-B657-CBF956597A31@deri.org>
To: Emmanuelle Bermes <manue@figoblog.org>

On 5 Sep 2011, at 17:42, Emmanuelle Bermes wrote:
> Going back to [1], maybe what was intended was :
> "Some libraries or library organizations should play a leading role in
> curating the RDF representations of library metadata elements,
> including URIs, in a similar way to existing patterns of standards
> maintenance, where a specific organization acts on behalf of the
> community. Such roles should operate in a more cross-domain
> environment, to reflect the networking infrastructure of linked data.
> Agencies responsible for the creation of catalogue records and other
> metadata, such as national bibliographies, on behalf of national and
> international library communities should take a leading role in
> creating URIs for the resources described, as a priority over
> publishing entire records as linked data, to help local libraries
> avoid creating duplicate URIs for the same resource."
> But I can't really find this idea is the current recommendation.

I had that same question, Emma, and worried that preservation had gone missing. :)

But perhaps those are now covered in the "for librarians and archivists" section, rather than the "identify and link" [1] section?

Do we need to add something from the paragraph you quote to these ones (below)?

==Preserve Linked Data element sets and value vocabularies==
Many Linked Data vocabularies are essentially cultural reference works, giving authoritative information about people, places, events, and concepts within regional, national, or international contexts. As such, preservation of Linked Data vocabularies is a natural, and essential, extension of the activity of memory institutions. Linked Data will remain usable twenty years from now only if its URIs persist and remain resolvable to documentation of their meaning. As keys to the correct interpretation of data, both now and in the future, element sets and value vocabularies are particularly important as objects of preservation. This situation presents libraries with an important opportunity to assume a key role in supporting the Linked Data ecosystem.

==Apply library experience in curation and long-term preservation to Linked Data datasets==
Much of the content in today's Linked Data cloud is the result of ad-hoc, one-off conversions of publicly available datasets into RDF and is not subject to regular accuracy checks or maintenance updates. With their ethos of quality control and commitment to long-term maintenance, libraries have a significant opportunity to take a key role in the important (and hitherto neglected) function of curating Linked Data as an extension of their existing cultural mission. By curating and maintaining datasets, libraries can reap the benefits of opening their data for value-added contributions from other communities. Data from biographers or genealogists, for example, would immensely enrich resource descriptions in areas to which librarians traditionally do not themselves attend, greatly improving the possibilities for discovering and navigating their collections.

> [1] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/Draft_recommendations_page#Identify_and_link

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