[tdwg-guid] First step in implementing LSIDs

Chuck Miller Chuck.Miller at mobot.org
Wed Jun 13 00:08:04 CEST 2007


Thank you,.  The more clear and coherent the better.





From: tdwg-guid-bounces at lists.tdwg.org [mailto:tdwg-guid-bounces at lists.tdwg.org] On Behalf Of Donald Hobern
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 4:22 PM
To: Bob Morris
Cc: tdwg-guid at lists.tdwg.org; Kevin Richards; Gregor Hagedorn
Subject: Re: [tdwg-guid] First step in implementing LSIDs


I wish I had time to contribute to all of this properly - next month after our portal launch I should.  My quick take on this is that a proxified LSID is not to be treated as a GUID.  A proxy's responsibility should simply be to retrieve the data for an LSID.


I recognise that there are still many concerns (often mutually contradictory) about how this LSID infrastructure can and will actually work out.  Right now, however, we have a significant number of projects of different sizes all setting up LSIDs and LSID resolution for their data, mostly in time for the meeting in Bratislava.  I believe that we should seek to document all of these experiences to determine the success of the approach.  As I suggested before the current proposal to use a proxy in certain contexts is an attempt to address a range of specific concerns about some aspects of the standard, but should also give us the opportunity to switch smoothly to an HTTP URI-based approach if that ultimately does seem more sensible.


I think the critical thing is for us to respond to the call Chuck issued earlier to have some kind of "Bratislava Declaration" that provides a clear and coherent statement of how and when to use LSIDs - I will make it a priority in July to contribute to producing such a statement.  Most of the constituent parts already exist, but they clearly need better packaging and some fine tuning.






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On Jun 12, 2007, at 11:02 PM, Bob Morris wrote:

Is the http proxy a GUID?


What vouches for an assertion that a given proxy actually resolves the

associated LSID?




On 6/12/07, Kevin Richards <RichardsK at landcareresearch.co.nz> wrote:



	The main use of the LSID http proxy would be when you have an RDF document

	or a triple store full of data that has BOTH the LSID and the http version

	(as described on the wiki page



	If ALL you had was the LSID


	and no other data at all, and you want to resolve it using the http proxy,

	then yes you are a bit stuck (as far as I know).  Unless we set up an LSID

	http proxy repository that can be queried and returns the http proxy url for

	an LSID?  Or you could just use the "hard coded" http proxy resolver at

	http:/lsid.tdwg.org/[lsid] <http://lsid.tdwg.org/%5blsid%5d> .




	>>> "Gregor Hagedorn" <G.Hagedorn at BBA.DE> 12/06/2007 7:17:35 p.m. >>>


	> For those wanting another LSID http proxy example, I have changed our

	> LSID resolver here at Landcare to serve up the proxy compliant RDF.


	> Eg




	> returns the metadata for the lsid




	> I took me about an hour to change the RDF generator and setup a

	> redirection web directory on our web server (Microsoft IIS).


	I have an object with




	I think the problem is that, without me telling my software something I have

	gathered from this email, my software has no means to know about what you

	describe as easy.


	Unless it has an LSID resolver, in which case it would not need the http



	This is what the proposal to always use alternating http and LSID guids in


	object we communicate about is saying. Whenever you publish



	also have to provide the http version of it.



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