Zepheira and OCLC Online Computer Library Center announced today that they will work together to rearchitect OCLC’s Persistent URL (PURL) service to more effectively support the management of a “Web of data.” The software developed will be released under an Apache 2 Open Source Software license allowing PURLs and the PURL infrastructure to be used in various applications for public or proprietary use. PURLs provide a level of indirection that allows the underlying Web addresses of resources to change over time without negatively affecting systems that depend on them. This capability provides continuity of references to network resources that may migrate from machine to machine for business, social or technical reasons. The new PURL software will also be updated to reflect the current understanding of Web architecture as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This new software will provide the ability to permanently identify networked information resources, such as Web documents, as well as non-networked resources such as people, organizations, concepts and scientific data. This capability will represent an important step forward in the adoption of a machine-processable “Web of data” enabled by the Semantic Web.
OCLC identified Zepheira for their expertise with Semantic technology and retained their services for the design and implementation effort required to bring the PURL service to its full potential. Zepheira’s work on identification technology on the scale of the Web dovetails with their solutions to help organizations manage and integrate data scattered within their walls. PURL software is also an important component in many of Zepheira’s enterprise solutions.
“We are very excited to be taking on this work because one of the most important principles for Zepheira is that developments towards a Semantic Web can be carefully tuned and scaled to meet the immediate needs of businesses, while valuable experience from solving enterprise needs can bring focus to Semantic Web efforts. This project for OCLC is a clear embodiment of this interchange, and helps establish Zepheira’s place at the vanguard of data integration as well as enabling the Semantic Web.” — Eric Miller, President, Zepheira