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Title: Towards Identity Conditions for Digital Documents
Author(s): Renear, Allen H.; Dubin, David
Subject(s): document semantics identity expression XML
Abstract: By "identity conditions" we mean a method for determining whether an object x and an object y are the same object. Identity conditions are arguably an essential feature of any rigorously developed conceptual framework for information modeling. Surprisingly, the concept of same document, which is fundamental to many aspects of library and information science, and to digital libraries in particular, has received little systematic analysis. As a result, not only is the concept of a document itself under-theorized, but progress on a number of important practical problems has been hindered. We review the importance of document identity conditions, demonstrate problems with current approaches, and discuss the general form a solution must take.
Issue Date: 2003-10
Publisher: University of Washington
Citation Info: In S. Sutton, editor, Proceedings of the 2003 Dublin Core Conference, Seattle, WA, October 2003. University of Washington.
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Rights Information: Copyright © 2003 by Allen Renear and David Dubin
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-07-05

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