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Title: Broken-World Vocabularies
Authors: Lovins, Daniel
Hillmann, Diane
Keywords: Semantic Web;Vocabularies;Science and Technology Studies
Issue Date: Mar-2017
Publisher: D-Lib Magazine
Citation: Lovins, D., & Hillmann, D. (2017). Broken-World Vocabularies. D-Lib Magazine, 23(3/4).
Series/Report no.: Vol. 23;No. 3/4
Abstract: There is a growing interest in vocabularies as an important part of the infrastructure of library metadata on the Semantic Web. This article proposes that the framework of "maintenance, breakdown and repair", transposed from the field of Science and Technology Studies, can help illuminate and address vulnerabilities in this emerging infrastructure. In particular, Steven Jackson's concept of "broken world thinking" can shed light on the role of "maintainers" in sustainable innovation and infrastructure. By viewing vocabularies through the lens of broken world thinking, it becomes easier to see the gaps — and to see those who see the gaps — and build maintenance functions directly into tools, workflows, and services. It is hoped that this article will expand the conversation around bibliographic best practices in the context of the Web.
ISSN: 1082-9873
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