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Re: [Glossary] Definition of a portable document (and other things...)

From: Bill McCoy <bmccoy@idpf.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2015 14:13:44 -0700
Message-ID: <CADMjS0aJhm8L5pF3w4J3F26K23dQ8n8iafx3rEKCWW7qMmXr+A@mail.gmail.com>
To: Olaf Drümmer <olaf@druemmer.com>
Cc: Deborah Kaplan <dkaplan@safaribooksonline.com>, Liam Quin <liam@w3.org>, W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
I agree with Olaf, although I would prefer even more "collated",
"collected" or "assembled" rather than  "intended" (which to me implies
consciousness, which we should not... yet/quite... ascribe to a machine
process nor even to an organization). the other terms imply action but not
awareness (curated being worst of all since it implies both conscious
action), unfortunately the other three I suggested are also a bit
inappropriately skeumorphic when applied to distributed digital resources...

Could an entire git repository a document (in the sense we mean for this
activity)? I don't think so. Could a particular snapshot (e.g. current
mainline or a named release) of a git repository be a document... yes, I
think so. It is a specific instantiation of a set of interdependent related
resources. But to me, it wouldn't have to be "curated" nor necessarily even
"intended" to qualify as such.


On Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 1:52 PM, Olaf Drümmer <olaf@druemmer.com> wrote:

> On 8 Sep 2015, at 22:41, Bill McCoy <bmccoy@idpf.org> wrote:
> For example a realization of my monthly bank statement will be a document,
> but it is not curated by a human.
> I actually believe it is curated to a very high degree because a well
> defined process produces it, and expresses the curating intention of the
> organisation that is sending it to you. So it is not directly curated by a
> human, but indirectly.
> Nonetheless I would keep curation out of the text for the definitions, and
> condense it into 'intended'. Joseph Beuys (German artist) once put a pile
> of grease somewhere and intended it to be a work of art (not sure how much
> curation went on while he was doing it, at least it didn't turn into
> cheese). Some cleaning person did not get the message and… Anyway: that
> pile of grease would have to be considered a document, its portability only
> limited by climate/temperature ;-). If Beuys had incidentally dropped a
> same shaped and same sized pile of grease, it would not have been a
> document.
> Olaf


Bill McCoy
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International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
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