UC Office of the President CDL Staff Publications Title Persistence statements: describing digital stickiness Permalink https://escholarship.org/uc/item/2zm9x47c Publication Date Persistence statements: describing digital stickiness

John Kunze, Jeremy Calvert, John Kunze, Jeremy Debarry, Matthew Hanlon, Greg Janée, Sandra Sweat
2016 unpublished
Scholars increasingly use scientific and cultural assets in digital form, but choosing which among many objects to cite for the long term can be difficult. There are few well-defined terms to describe the various kinds and qualities of persistence that object repositories and identifier resolvers do or don't provide. Despite decades of debate about permanence of digital objects and identifiers, it is still often treated as a simple binary property. Here we present a draft vocabulary for making
more » ... persistence statements." Given an object's identifier, one should be able to query a provider to retrieve human-and machine-readable information to help judge the level of service to expect and help gauge whether the identifier is durable enough, as a sort of long-term bet, to include in a citation. The vocabulary should enable providers to articulate persistence policies and set user expectations.