[tdwg-guid] Need for citation information in GUID metadata

Gregor Hagedorn g.m.hagedorn at gmail.com
Wed Nov 7 18:27:15 CET 2007

> http://wiki.tdwg.org/twiki/bin/view/Image/ImageOrImageFile

I tend to think of the problem in terms of resources that have
different quality levels. Such a model is implemented e.g. in
We distinguish between resources that are derived from other resources
with the intent of creating new resources (e.g. adding labeling or
cropping the image or sound such that only part of the previous
content remains) and conversions that can in principle be automated.
The latter we model as quality levels (compression levels of audio or
images, different resolutions of images, etc.)

We treat the analog original (a tape recording, photo print, etc.) as
one of the quality levels.

Clearly there is a gray area between quality levels and explicitly
derived works. However, expressing the intention behind a step
(introducing semantics for it, as the model does) I believe to be very
useful. This may be what Bob has in mind.

We distinguish identical copies for files by providing a similar
mechanism for providers. Identical copies can be at different
providers. Backup copies are handled through backup providers. Thus
the model has AbstractResource (which may be derived from another
abstract resource) and ResourceInstances.

The maximum number of resource instances is the product of
AbstractResources x Providers x QualityLevels (there can be fewer).


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