[tdwg-tapir] GUID support in TAPIR (or BioCASe)

"Döring, Markus" m.doering at BGBM.org
Wed May 31 11:49:27 CEST 2006

I agree to Renatos explanations. Just wanted to add that a basic LSID resolving service shouldnt be hard to add to PyWrapper. From what I understand from LSIDs its just an additional WSDL pointing to the http-get based URL resolution eplained by renato below. But providers would have to take care of creating and storing LSID within their existing databases.

And conversion of named parameters into positional ones will be added to pywrapper easily and for sure - just because they look nicer.

-- Markus

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: tdwg-tapir-bounces at lists.tdwg.org 
> [mailto:tdwg-tapir-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] Im Auftrag von 
> Renato De Giovanni
> Gesendet: Dienstag, 30. Mai 2006 21:38
> An: tdwg-tapir at lists.tdwg.org
> Betreff: Re: [tdwg-tapir] GUID support in TAPIR (or BioCASe)
> Hi Ricardo,
> I'll try to answer your questions...
> > 1) Does the protocol or the implementation explicitly 
> handle any form 
> > Globally Unique Identifiers? Does it adopt a specific 
> technology (DOI, 
> > Handle, POI, LSID), or does it provide support for any GUID 
> technology.
> > If so, what are the requirements for using a new technology?
> No, TAPIR doesn't handle those technologies in terms of 
> having any sort of implicit resolution mechanisms or any 
> other specific behaviour. TAPIR can "serve" GUIDs if they are 
> part of a conceptual schema and if providers store the 
> corresponding values in their local databases. However, they 
> will be treated just as simple strings, both in filters and 
> output models.
> > 2) Are there any required fields/concepts on the 
> application profiles 
> > (ABCD for example) that are specifically designed to 
> accommodate GUIDs?
> As far as I know ABCD has "UnitGUID", "DatasetGUID" and URLs 
> for MultimediaObjects. The new version of DarwinCore has a 
> GlobalUniqueIdentifier concept.
> > 3) Does the protocol provide any specific resolution 
> mechanism (i.e., 
> > returning a single object based on an ID passed on the request)?
> TAPIR could work very nicely with PURLs just by making use of 
> standard Web technologies. For instance, ABCD and DarwinCore 
> providers could define a custom search template that would 
> require the catalog number as a parameter and would return an 
> RDF output model for the respective object. In this case, a 
> request could look
> like:
> http://example.net/provider.cgi?op=view&template=someuri&cnum=123
> Which could be easily wrapped as a PURL:
> http://purl.org/provider/123
> So the representation of that object could be retrieved from 
> any browser or from any script using standard HTTP libraries.
> Providers would obviously be free to decide about the output 
> model for their objects (an RDF representation, or ABCD, or 
> plain DarwinCore...), and if the template should take an 
> additional parameter for versioning (or maybe the response 
> could just include a changelog), and if it would be desirable 
> to have two different search templates (for data and 
> metadata) and so on.
> Resolution of any other kind of GUIDs would require 
> additional software considering only a pure TAPIR 
> implementation. Unless the implementation decides to offer 
> additional services as part of the package.
> > 4) Any other aspects of the protocol or implementation 
> regarding GUIDs.
> Only minor things like recommending GUIDs to identify 
> "relatedEntities" in TAPIR metadata responses. I guess we 
> will probably recommend PURLs for templates, output models, 
> concepts and conceptual schemas. 
> Hope this helps...
> Best Regards,
> --
> Renato
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