admin – 2008 January 15
I just ran across the final report from the CLADDIER project. CLADDIER comes from the JISC and stands for “CITATION, LOCATION, And DEPOSITION IN DISCIPLINE & INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES”. I suspect JISC has an entire department dedicated to creating impossible acronyms (the JISC Acronym Preparation Executive?)
Anyhoo- the report describes a distributed citation location and updating service based on the linkback mechanism that is widely used in the blogging community.
I think this is an interesting approach and is one that I talked about briefly (PDF) at the UKSG’s Measure for Measure seminar last June. I think that, like most proponents of p2p distributed architectures, they massively underestimate the problem of trust in the network. They fully knowledge the problem of linkback spam, but their hand-wavy-solution™ of using whitelists just means the system effectively becomes semi-centralized again (you have to have trusted keepers of the whitelists).
And of course I was mildly exasperated by the report’s characterization of one of the perceived “disadvantages” of the Crossref architectural model being a :
“Centralised service hosting a large persistent store – with the need for a (possibly commercial) business model to justify providing the service.”
Also if you replaced the phrase “justify providing” with the word “sustain”, the sentence wouldn’t sound like such a “disadvantage.”
But aside from these quibbles, the report makes an interesting (if technical) read.
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