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

From: Carlos Iglesias <contact@carlosiglesias.es>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:29:46 +0100
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To: Christophe Guéret <christophe.gueret@dans.knaw.nl>
Cc: "contact@carlosiglesias.es" <contact@carlosiglesias.es>, Public DWBP WG <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org>
Hi Christophe,

Thanks for the clarification, but still I have some concerns I explain

>> 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).

I'm sorry for keep disagreeing here, but (1) if that's the scenario we
would like to cover I think it is not properly described in the document as
currently and (2) still this looks like a sort of least bad option, not a
best practice, no?

> 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.

Good, now I have a better understanding of the purpose, but still I think
that's not a best practice. The best practice for data on the web should be
just not leaving data die and not moving it around IMO (specially if it
will be offline or in a packaged where all links and references will be
broken since then).


> Cheers,
> Christophe
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Carlos Iglesias.
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