Translating Identifiers

Good identifiers are opaque, so translation is by association – owl:sameAs, skos:exactMatch, or some other relationship. Translation doesn’t follow from reading a sign, but from retrieving a sense.

If metadata is relationships between identifiers,1 then metadata is the medium of conceptual convergence.

  1. M. Bide, “Standard Identifiers: an overview of the current landscape,” presented at the USPTO Open Meeting: Facilitating the Development of the Online Licensing Environment for Copyrighted Works, Apr. 01, 2015. [Online↩︎