July 2, 2008
After taking off a year and a half from this blog, a few general thoughts occur to me.
A blog is the perfect place to record, analyze, develop, and share thoughts and ideas because it establishes their:
- Identity (via a blog entry's URI and HTML anchors)
- Location (via the centralized storage of blog entries)
- Description (via the semantics embedded in a blog entry)
- Rights (I "own" all of my thoughts, but certainly not necessarily the ideas therein)
- Chronology (unless I'm careless with date stamps when editing old entries)
- Persistence (I hope I can trust OCLC to preserve access to my blog entries)
- Coherence (I can at least try to make sense in my blog entries)
- Relatedness (e.g. via hotlinks and labels in my blog entries)
- Active and passive discoverability (via search engines and syndication)
- Serendipity (it is reasonable to imagine that even an erroneous blog entry could be a source of insight and inspiration for someone)
- and what other facets have I overlooked?
This is an impressive list that should not be taken for granted by us common folk. Even if I am the only person that ever sees the entries in this blog, this list still promises to make blogging a rewarding endeavor.
If anyone wonders about the relevance of this blog entry to OpenURL, remember that I'm primarily concerned about Q6 (who, what, where, why, when, and how). The URI for this blog entry makes for a perfectly reasonable Referent Identifier ("what"). If your favorite OpenURL Resolver can't do anything useful with it, you should start to wonder why.