We are looking at work being done at UN/CFACT 15944 series related to business transactions where Person and identifiers have already been given much discussion "Information technology - Business agreement semantic descriptive techniques - Part 1: Operational aspects of Open-edi for implementation" ISO/IEC 15944-1. I believe that this work can inform our views of what is necessary for people metadata.
Although the focus of the standard is business transactions I find it helpful that the ISO breaks the issue into two parts "In order to resolve the issue of "unambiguous identification" of entities in a business transaction, (persons, objects, processes, events, etc.),"
the level of certainty and explicitness required in the completeness of the semantics of the recorded information interchanged appropriate to the goal of the business transaction" or the description of the person, and
a rule-based process, explicitly stated, involving the use of one or more attributes or data elements, whose value (or combination of values) are used to identify uniquely the occurrence or existence of a specified entity".
I'm not certain if the image below will arrive with this email but it indicates that people will have different persona in the web world and the identities of those persona will differ depending on context and over time even more on how people will demand to be identified in different contexts. The persona may be designed to deliberately not map so that the individual's privacy is protected.
Cecil E. Somerton
Information Management Analyst | Analyste de gestion de l'information
IM Strategies | Stratégies de la gestion de l'information
Chief Information Officer Branch | Direction du dirigeant principal de l'information
Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat | Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor du Canada
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From: General DCMI discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Andrew Wilson
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 5:02 AM
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Subject: Re: people metadata
Exactly. What Pete says - the Agents WG is not limited in the way that
Liddy suggests. John Robert and I, the co-chairs of DC-Agents, have
been trying to get interest and involvement for the last couple of
years with absolutely no result. The Agents WG is working on developing
a way of describing agents - at the moment we are changing the WG into
a task Group consisting intially of myself, Dan Brickley, and Tom Baker
to look at whether and how FOAF meets the needs of the DC community for
describing agents. Perhaps this discussion could be copied to the
DC-Agents email list?
Quoting Pete Johnston <[log in to unmask]>:
>> I think that DC agents is a group who are working on what should be
>> the DC way to approach vales for such elements as creator,
>> contributor, publisher, etc while I think the encyclopaedia people
>> want to describe people, not resources....
> Sorry, I don't understand the distinction you are making here.
> People are resources. In the terms of the DCMI Abstract Model, the
> "values" for the creator, contributor, publisher etc properties _are_
> people (well, they are "entities" or "agents", which might also be
> resources other than people, like organisations or services).
> So, as Irvin says, yes, this - the description of agents - is
> _exactly_ the remit of the DC Agents WG. Scanning the mailing list
> suggests that the Agents WG has received almost no interest for at
> least the last couple of years.
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