Dear Makx and Go,

We (Europeana R&D team) also support this ! We also have to deal with the consequences of the migration from one content management system to another. We did our best to make sure the key documentation (mainly EDM) would have redirection but unfortunately we couldn't do it for all the documents that have been produced over the past years.
I hope the new Europeana Pro will help us to manage documents in a better way and I will communicate your feedback to the team in the organisation who owns Pro.

Best wishes,

From: Discussion list for Europeana Technical Developments [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Makx Dekkers [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 25 March 2015 09:40
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Subject: Re: Your advice on minting URIs for contextual entities

I strongly support Go in this. Everything that is published should have a persistent URI!


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De: Discussion list for Europeana Technical Developments [mailto:[log in to unmask]] En nombre de For It Go
Enviado el: 25 March 2015 09:03
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Asunto: Re: Your advice on minting URIs for contextual entities

Dear Antoine et al,

This may not be the most appropriate place to tell, but I just find it timely for URI discussions in a widest context of R&D. You can share it with the Europeana web team, if you like.

It is brilliant that Europeana keeps updating professional websites (Pro, Lab), but I would like to kindly ask Europeana to try to find a solution to maintain/re-direct/archive etc for (old) web pages and documents. Over the last years I have written several academic articles (and I am writing one right now), referring to Europeana websites, but the URLs keep breaking (I reckon this time c50% is broken just between Nov 2014 and Mar 2015), mainly due to the restructuring of the websites, I think. I understand the nature of living websites, but, from a research point of view and Europeana's lines of work, it is not nice for the writers like me, and the (future) readers.

As well as discussing PID for the portal, I would think it beneficial for Europeana to consider more persistence of its "academic resources" ;-), because they are important for the community and beyond.
How can you maintain the URIs of millions, if you cannot do it for a hundred of Europeana documents?

Many thanks,
> Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:24:44 +0200
> From: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Your advice on minting URIs for contextual entities
> To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> Dear all,
> I am in favor os supporting both, in the same way it is implemented below,
> or in a slightly variation (using '?' instead of '/' or '_'), like
> or
> where the part after the number is actually optional, but present most of the time.
> Sarantos
> On Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 04:54:24PM +0100, Rodolphe Bailly wrote:
> > Dear Antoine,
> >
> > We do both.
> > The URI is
> >
> > We also generate and disseminate
> >
> > but the web server doesn't take into account what is behind the last "/".
> > This way, Bach can decide to change his name is the future, he'll still have
> > the same URI.
> >
> > R.
> >
> > -----Message d'origine-----
> > De : Antoine Isaac [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Envoyé : mardi 24 mars 2015 15:45
> > À : [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> > Objet : Your advice on minting URIs for contextual entities
> >
> > Dear all,
> >
> > We're about to mint identifiers (URIs) for contextual entities to be used in
> > Europeana. This will concern concepts, agents or places to be used for
> > enrichment [1] and a couple of other things. The data will be adapted from
> > external or providers' datasets, and will eventually have to be available as
> > linked data on
> >
> > After internal discussions, we have to choose between two options:
> >
> > 1. A bare numerical identifier, as in
> >
> >
> > 2. A number combined with a human-readable label, as in
> >
> >
> > In any case URIs would lead to machine-readable data for software clients,
> > while humans would be directed to pages like [2]. But human-readable labels
> > in identifiers would help to identify and discuss the resources more easily.
> > So option 2 is very tempting.
> > However, option 2 is slightly harder to implement. Also, we would have to
> > choose one field in the data, and one language (as we do for other
> > communication, including this mail). Both field and language could change
> > from one source to the other, when we merge different datasets.
> >
> >
> > We're curious to hear whether you have a preference! We have created a small
> > poll:
> >
> >
> >
> > Note that it is not a a majority vote. We may end up not have the resource
> > to implement the more complex option. Also, one could have a killer argument
> > for one option, that defeats all other considerations :-). You can leave
> > comments at the bottom of the poll page.
> >
> > Thanks a lot for the advice!
> >
> > Antoine
> >
> > [1]
> >
> > x0Y/
> > [2]