Digital identity matters

Allison, A., Currall, J.E.P., Moss, M. and Stuart, S.A.J. (2005) Digital identity matters. JASIST: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 56(4), pp. 364-372. (doi: 10.1002/asi.20112)

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Digital objects or entities present us with particular problems of an acute nature. The most acute of these are the issues surrounding what constitutes identity within the digital world and between digital entities. These are problems that are important in many contexts but, when dealing with digital texts, documents and certification, an understanding of them becomes vital legally, philosophically and historically. Legally the central issues are those of authorship, authenticity and ownership; philosophically we must be concerned with the sorts of logical relations that hold between objects and in determining the ontological nature of the object; and historically our concern centres around our interest in chronology and the recording of progress, adaptation, change and provenance. Our purpose is to emphasise why questions of digital identity matter and how we might address and respond to some of them. We will begin by examining the lines along which we draw a distinction between the digital and the physical context and how, by importing notions of transitivity and symmetry from the domain of mathematical logic, we might attempt to provide, at least interim, resolutions of these questions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Currall, Dr James and Allison, Prof Arthur and Moss, Professor Michael and Stuart, Dr Susan
Authors: Allison, A., Currall, J.E.P., Moss, M., and Stuart, S.A.J.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals > CD921 Archives
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:JASIST: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
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