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Will Formal Preservation Models Require Relative Identity?

Sacchi, Simone; Wickett, Karen M.; Renear, Allen H.

The problem of identifying and re–identifying data put the notion of of ”same data” at the very heart of preservation, integration and interoperability, and many other fundamental data curation activities. However, it is also a profoundly challenging notion because the concept of data itself clearly lacks a precise and univocal definition. When science is conducted in small communicating groups, with homogeneous data these ambiguities seldom create problems and solutions can be negotiated in casual real-time conversations. However when the data is heterogeneous in encoding, content and management practices, these problems can produce costly inefficiencies and lost opportunities. We consider here the relative identity view which apparently provides the most natural interpretation of common identity statements about digitally–encoded data. We show how this view conflicts with the curatorial and management practice of “data” objects, in terms of their modeling, and common knowledge representation strategies.

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Published In
iPRES 2012 – Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects
Pages
328 - 329
Publisher
University of Toronto Faculty of Information
Publication Origin
Toronto
Academic Units
Libraries and Information Services
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