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Re: My review of the DWBP 21st Jan editor's draft

From: Christophe Guéret <christophe.gueret@dans.knaw.nl>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:08:30 +0100
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To: "contact@carlosiglesias.es" <contact@carlosiglesias.es>
CC: Public DWBP WG <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org>
Hi Carlos,


> DATA PRESERVATION
>
> I feel quite uncomfortable with this section in general. I have some
> problems trying to understand the underlying principles for this BPs, but
> overall it looks to be about data archiving generally speaking instead
> about data persistence that is indeed the best practice IMO and also
> coherent with other BPs in the document (such as versioning). In fact data
> archiving looks more like a bad practice for me than a best one.
>

Thanks for having looked at these BPs. I think data persistence and data
preservation are two different issues and I can't agree that data archiving
is a bad practice. The bad practice is that people that want to take data
off-line for some reason, say the end of a project funding, just leave the
server running until it dies out or trash the data. In these cases sending
the data to an archive is a good and better practice. It is even
increasingly backed by funding agencies that ask funded projects to come up
with a data management plan that includes a section about what will happen
to the data at the end of the project. Web data should make no exception to
this (IMHO).

So these BPs are here to help people decide on what to best ship their data
to an archive when taking it off the Web. That's not to say these BPs are
the good ones, nor that this list is exhaustive, but I would very much like
us to keep a section about data preservation in the document and have a
discussion about its content.

Cheers,
Christophe

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