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BlogForever D2.2: BlogForever Data Model

Stepanyan; Joy; Cristea; Kim; Pinsent; Kopidaki

This report outlines the development of a data model to support the preservation, management and dissemination of blogs. It outlines the literature and relevant approaches to data modelling and proceeds to describe the inquiries that informed the development of the proposed data model.

The report identifies the data structures considered necessary for preserving blogs by revisiting the earlier inquiry summarised in the BlogForever Report, Deliverable 2.1 [1]. The report includes an inquiry into [a] the existing conceptual models of blogs, [b] the data models of Open Source blogging systems, and [c] data types identified from an empirical study of web feeds.

The results, the report progresses to propose a data model intended to enable preservation of blogs and their individual components. Following internal consultation exercises from blog service providers and preservation experts, the proposed data model may require further refinement in accordance with the anticipated development of preservation policies (WP3), data extraction methodologies (WP2) and user requirements for platform BlogForever specification (WP4).

Finally, the report positions and discusses the proposed data model alongside the Invenio software suite by highlighting the anticipated data flow and suggesting directions for their integration.

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