Friday, 30 August
The day before brought a very important topic on debate’s table: the issue on persistent/permanent identifiers (PIDs).
Maurizio Lunghi (Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale) opened the day with this very issue of the identifiers and we have explored the efforts of the national libraries of Italy in establishing a common identifier (URI form – NBN:IT), to satisfy at leaf the legal deposit requirements.
It was only a logic jump to see what happened in the world concerning PIDs and one important round table where many identification services should be able to play together in harmony is embodied in the interoperability framework designed by the APARSEN project. This interoperability framework is meant to offer a caucus for ISNI, VIAF, ORCID, NBN, DOI, ARK and Handle.
There are many aspects covered in great length just across a click or two, but together we have explored different scenarios of how to establish and validate the services of the repositories so that they become TRUSTFUL.
There is a good example of the efforts put to realize a good and functional use case: Magazzini Digitali (Torino:BNCF, Bologna:BNCR, Roma:Dark Archive- BNM) – http://www.depositolegale.it. Another chance to keep alive you blogs is memoria.depositolegale.it.
Federico Meschini with his part of the day covering “Semantic Web in the Wild” opened with a soothing phrase: “digital humanities are the coolest things in the world”.
Federico had one of the most difficult tasks in explaining concepts and history on which today semantic web framework is built. And this takes a lot of effort.
Starting from early document exchange standards up to XML, we have managed to arrive on a dryer plane of RDF classes and ontologies modelling. There were some examples backed on FOAF, and we even got dirty opening a VIAF record, and all to arrive on a basic level of understanding rather complex technologies.
Then all ended in visualising how many pools of data are there and how we might take advantage from linking and visually exploiting the reach serendipitous media.