[tdwg-tapir] tapir namespace

Renato De Giovanni renato at cria.org.br
Fri Jan 6 13:39:41 CET 2006

Hi Roger,

I think it would be quite convenient to have all relevant documents 
(specification, overview, XML Schema) easily available from wherever 
the namespace URI gets resolved to. Even if it just resolves to a 
simple directory listing.

There might be cases when the XML Schema needs to be changed and the 
other docs would remain unchanged. For each XML Schema release, I 
think a new namespace needs to be created, and even if the other docs 
are the same they can just be copied from the previous release (or 
maybe use symbolic links to point to them). That would be a simple 
and effective way to handle this.

If TDWG changes its name, it will certainly need to keep the old 
domain and setup redirects to the new domain when necessary.
Namespaces are just identifiers, and should not be affected. They 
will just be referencing/advertising the old name when they are used.

Best Regards,

On 6 Jan 2006 at 11:47, Roger Hyam wrote:

> Hi All,
> Ricardo and I just discussed namespaces and schema locations without 
> coming to a conclusion. TDWG needs a namespace and schema location 
> policy and we need to reserve a space for these as we put the 
> infrastructure in place.
> There are a host of issues to resolve including how we do resources in 
> ontologies, what happens if you try and resolve a namespace URI - do you 
> get a page not found, a generic message saying it is a namespace or 
> specific message or a redirect etc. Should the schema location be the 
> same as the standard location or embedded within it. Also we need to 
> have 'permanent' URLs for standards themselves. Oh and what happens if 
> we change the name of the organisation as people bring up from time to time!
> Some of the issues are closely related to GUID stuff so I am hope that 
> we can have a very brief discussion about it at the GUID meeting over a 
> beer and just decide on a load of these things. Many things are more or 
> less arbitrary and a decision just needs to be taken - any decision.
> Can you wait till February for a final policy on what the namespace URIs 
> will look like?
> I suggest namespaces will be of the form
> http://tdwg.org/namespaces/tapir/what_you_like
> (note no www as it is not a web thing. We could go for namespaces.tdwg.org/tapir ...)
> and schema stuff might be like this:
> http://www.tdwg.org/standards/tdwg_std_tapir_20060130/schema.xsd
> My big question is: Will the schema change without the standard changing?
> There would also be other related to the standard at:
> http://www.tdwg.org/standards/tdwg_std_tapir_20060130/
> including the normative documentation and a cover page xml document with 
> metadata for the standard.
> Does this make sense? I'd appreciate feedback as I am actively working 
> on the specification for all this stuff.
> Thanks,
> Roger

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