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[Ref-Links] Identity is not enough


One model that has been tabled for managing a generalized resource
hierarchy with a DOI is the DObject Model, see:


The model is grounded in RDF (schema needs some attention, mind) and can be
validated through the W3C Validator. Gets DOI out onto the information map.

This allows us not only to identify IP entities with a DOI but to publicly
assert key associations between those entities, eg to relate a journal
article to an erratum say. Or an article to its parent title. Or an object
versioning chain. Etc. This is what I termed an "open link", although
"strategic link" is probably a better term in view of DOI being both a
persistent identifier (ie open in time) and an industry-wide maintained
resource rather than a single enterprise resource.


                    Hitchcock            To:     tony_hammond@harcourt.com, Arthur Smith <apsmith@aps.org>         
                    <sh94r@ecs.sot       cc:     discuss-doi@doi.org, ref-links@doi.org                            
                    on.ac.uk>            Subject:     Re: [Ref-Links] Re: [Discuss-DOI] Open for Business          

Tony,           I wonder whether you have any specific models in mind for
open linking? There is a long legacy of work in the hypertext community on
open linking, including Hyper-G as Arthur points out, much of which is
still ongoing. Initiatives such as OpenURL have acknowledged a debt to this
work. It's true that open linking has not created as much impact as the
Web's 'dumbed down' linking, and there is a degree of resentment about
that, but the work has raised many of the issues you refer to and should
not be ignored.

Steve Hitchcock
Open Citation (OpCit) Project <http://opcit.eprints.org/>
IAM Research Group, Department of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton SO17 1BJ,  UK
Email: sh94r@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tel:  +44 (0)23 8059 3256     Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 2865

At 17:47 12/11/01 +0000, tony_hammond@harcourt.com wrote:

>The scope is *not* just hyperlinking. And not about HTML. It is more
>general. It is about enabling value-add services built upon agent-based
>technologies. We're looking to assert key *relationships* between the
>entities we've identified with a DOI and to make those associations
>publicly available as strategic (or open) links.
>                     Arthur
> Smith
>                     <apsmith@aps.o       To:
> tony_hammond@harcourt.com
>                     rg>                  cc:     discuss-doi@doi.org,
> ref-links@doi.org
>                     Sent by:             Subject:     Re: [Discuss-DOI]
> Open for Business
>                     apsmith@ridge.
>                     aps.org
>                     09/11/01
> 19:29
>tony_hammond@harcourt.com wrote:
> > Now what if? What if instead of publishing just the link targets, we
> > "publish" complete links, ie we expose to public view the actual links.
> > This could be a useful strategy for a content provider who wants to
> > establish a relationship between entities in a platform independent
>But the link source, at least in HTML, is not just a URL or URI, it's a
>location, a range of characters on the page. There was some extension of
>HTTP/HTML called Hyper-G a while back that I believe worked by keeping
>the links actually separate from the documents, but as far as I can tell
>it died out from being too complex to be useful. It seems to me to do
>anything of this sort you have to move to a hyperlinking model different
>from that of HTML, and that's not exactly going to be easy to persuade
>anyone to adopt, especially for relatively marginal gains.
>                Arthur Smith (apsmith@aps.org)
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