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Re: PURLs don't matter, at least in the LOD world

From: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 08:21:27 -0500
Message-ID: <CABzDd=5fYG7PzU-VAiyb_kun-smK4=cLyggSJ_zCAp2gtggt6A@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Wood <david@3roundstones.com>
Cc: Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>, "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>
On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM, David Wood <david@3roundstones.com> wrote:
> Given what I personally know of the state of US Government agencies, I'll take your bet whether the Web services of the Library of Congress or OCLC lasts longer :)  You might look back at the tortured history of id.loc.gov before we agree to a figure.

At least w/ the tortured history of id.loc.gov and lcsh.info I was
able to permanently redirect lcsh.info to the appropriate places on
id.loc.gov when lcsh.info was slated for retirement. That way anybody
who was scrubbing their links (notably the search engines more than
the semantic web community) would have updated their links.

I'm with Hugh, putting all your identifier eggs in the basket of
purl.org (or any 3rd party service) isn't an excuse for not
thoughtfully managing your URL namespaces and DNS. Perhaps that's
tilting at windmills, but so be it. In my opinion more still needs to
be done to educate people about how web architecture actually works
instead of getting them to invest in niche software solutions,
maintained by a handful of people with consulting contracts on the

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