[OAI-implementers] POI (was Re: FW: OAI identifier resolver)

Andy Powell a.powell@ukoln.ac.uk
Wed, 15 Oct 2003 10:38:42 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)

On Tue, 14 Oct 2003, Young,Jeff wrote:

> > I also plan to add a ".POI" extension that will return the web resource
> > from the first dc:identifier in the oai_dc record, but for some reason
> > it's not working on the production server yet.

The POI stuff hasn't been shared very widely on this list - though Jeff
has alluded to it on a couple of occassions.  So here's an announcement...

 The PURL-based Object Identifier (POI)

Jeff Young, Thom Hickey and myself wrote this proposal some time ago but
unfortunately we (or perhaps I should say, I) haven't had time to push it
forward very successfully.  The intention, as it says in the introduction,
is to provide a "relatively persistent identifier for resources that are
described by metadata 'items' in OAI-compliant repositories" and that
builds on the investment people are already making in assigning
oai-identifiers to the OAI 'items' that describe those resources.

A second document...

 POI resolver guidelines

describes how to configure the PURL system to resolve POIs.

I'd be very interested in people's comments on this proposal.
Furthermore I'd be interested in views on whether/how we should move this
forward - as an article in D-Lib Magazine, as an RFC, or as something

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