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FIGURE 5-2 Provenance information with a reference.

Furthermore, the reference helps with making trust interpretations. For example, I personally know that Pat, the author, is a good person. This means that I should follow this citation because I know this person is trustworthy. Or maybe, I should follow the citation because it is at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and I happen to have background knowledge about artificial intelligence to know that this is a top conference in the field. So, again, I think I trust this piece and think it can be used in my work. The point is that in this one simple citation and its corresponding reference, we were provided with information about four different things: information to lookup the paper, its identity, provenance information, and trust. However, giving this same reference to a computer changes things completely.

I think that for data citation we need to try to address all of these different areas separately. We need identity and we need provenance, but provenance is not part of making persistent identifiers. It is something separate. Once we have provenance, we can start computing trust metrics. Different people have different ideas about what they trust, but based on where the material comes from and describing how the experiments were produced we can compute different kinds of trust metrics. Finally, over the top of all this, once we have identifiers, once we have some information about where the material comes from and how it was produced, once we have these trust metrics, we can build good search engines.


FIGURE 5-3 Technical capabilities Vs. Technical issues.

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