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  • When updating a record in Who's On First that is no longer current, it is important to differentiate between cessation and deprecated dates. Each have a specific meaning and usage in Who's On First.



    An EDTF date string indicating when a place ceased to exist as a political entity or social construct in "popular" culture.


    An EDTF date string indicating when a Who's On First record was officially deprecated, for example if the record references a place considered to be invalid.


    Let's say we're updating Who's On First neighbourhood records for San Francisco, CA. An existing neighbourhood record could have a geometry that includes areas that are not typically referred to as part of that neighbourhood or an incorrect wof:placetype. In those cases, an edtf:deprecated date should be added to the record, as the record was never correct to begin with.

    However, if Who's On First had a record for, say, the Barbary Coast neighbourhood, this record would need an edtf:cessation date. The difference with the Barary Coast record update is that the Barbary Coast at one point was a valid, known neighbourhood that ceased to exist in time. It was replaced by the neighbourhoods of Chinatown, North Beach, and Jackson Square.

    Just because Who's On First decides a record belongs at a different placetype or should have a different geometry, does not mean that the record ceased to exist; it was simply categorized incorrectly.

    Remember: cessation dates have a specific meaning; it represents the date that a place ceased to exist or was replaced by something else. Deprecated dates should be used when it has been decided that a place was never represented correctly to begin with.

    Simply put...

    The edtf:deprecated property should be used as a default when updating a record that is no longer current. Use the edtf:cessation property only if the record has a "hard" end date.

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