[OAI-implementers] Requesting a part of a record possible wit h OAI-OMH?

Hussein Suleman hussein@cs.uct.ac.za
Thu, 22 Jan 2004 11:27:19 +0200

hi Andy

it looks most interesting ... here are some thoughts:

- your descriptions are for an independent external registry, while i 
was proposing a "friends"-like services offered on the same archive. as 
such, "title" would be a moot point, while you (rightly) require it.

- your service identifiers are assigned by a central authority - with a 
self-description, that should not be necessary (and may even violate 
some information independence principles)

- you do not have a formal identifier for the protocol and i think that 
is quite important to match clients and servers for services. i was 
suggesting the canonical URI of the protocol specification. if someone 
comes up with a new CGI-based protocol, they SHOULD have a specification 
written down somewhere, otherwise i don't see the point of advertising 
the interface publicly.

- WSDL is tricky. did you use the draft spec or the technical note? 
there are encoding differences between the two, so until this becomes a 
standard, i am keeping my distance.

- access rights may be useful. administrator may be covered already (by 
adminEmail). contributor is again not relevant in this case, but i see 
that that is optional anyway so it doesnt matter.

so ... do you think these differing requirements can be merged? (im 
still not sure where/how i will use this yet, but at least a few other 
seem interested as well).


Andy Powell wrote:

> On Wed, 21 Jan 2004, Young,Jeff wrote:
>>I was thinking of using custom description schemas to define these things
>>for the ERRoL service, but if there is a commonly accepted mechanism, all
>>the better.
> The JISC Information Environment Service Registry Pilot Project (cor
> blimey, that's a bit of a mouthful! :-) ) is developing an experimental
> registry of the collections and services that make up the UK higher
> education information landscape.  See
>   http://www.mimas.ac.uk/iesr/
> for details.  As part of this work, the project has developed an
> 'application profile' for describing various kinds of services, including
> I'm not sure how easy you'll find it to work your way thru the pages, but
> the application profile and some examples are linked from:
>   http://www.mimas.ac.uk/iesr/metadata/
> You'll note that for SOAP-based services like SRW, the 'service'
> descriptions link to an external WSDL file, rather than re-inventing the
> wheel.
> Andy
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