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Re: Provenance for section 3 in technologies.tex

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 12:04:08 -0400
To: "Butler, Mark" <Mark_Butler@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Cc: www-rdf-dspace@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030625160408.GY26372@tux.w3.org>

* Butler, Mark <Mark_Butler@hplb.hpl.hp.com> [2003-06-25 16:38+0100]
> 
> Note that the usage of the term provenance is quite different to
> its usage in the library community where it is used to refer to the record
> of ownership of the item described by the metadata. 

I'm not sure it is so crisply different. The word started to be used in RDF circles 
I think because some of us had already been using it in the more bibliographically
oriented Dublin Core metadata work, where there was a concern for the 
'who said it' aspects of metadata. Dublin Core is the bridge between these
two communities, DC being seen as catalog cards for the Web, with many in the 
library community keen to stress that having the data format wasn't enough, we 
needed to know more about the credentials etc of who had written the DC record.
There was definitely interest in the 'provenance' of DC metadata, where people 
took that to mean where the metadata came from, who wrote it., etc.

Chances are people were using it in several ways all at once. Wouldn't be 
the first time... We probably spelled it incorrectly too. 

Dan
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