May 24, 2022

New Journal Article: “Persistence Statements: Describing Digital Stickiness”

The following article was published today by Data Science Journal.


Persistence Statements: Describing Digital Stickiness


John Kunze
University of California

Scout Calvert
Michigan State University

Jeremy D. DeBarry
University of Georgia

Matthew Hanlon
Texas Advanced Computing Center

Greg Janée
University of California

Sandra Sweat
Athena Health


Data Science Journal. 16, p.39


In this paper we present a draft vocabulary for making “persistence statements.” These are simple tools for pragmatically addressing the concern that anyone feels upon experiencing a broken web link. 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. 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.

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