[tdwg-tapir] TAPIR and the standardization of SRU

Dave Vieglais vieglais at ku.edu
Thu Nov 8 04:00:12 CET 2007

Hi Ryan,
there is indeed a good deal of similarity between the interfaces
exposed by TAPIR and SRU.  I suspect there would be mostly superficial
alterations required to the TAPIR key+value URL interface to support
much of SRU.

As an aside I find it interesting, and somewhat encouraging that the
both SRU and TAPIR derive from a common ancestor (z39.50) and though
taking divergent development streams, seem to arriving at similar
outcomes.  Convergent evolution of protocols.

Dave V.

On Nov 7, 2007 3:10 PM, Ryan Scherle <res20 at duke.edu> wrote:
> Hello TAPIRians,
> I've recently moved from the library world into the biology world, and I'm
> noticing that TAPIR has a lot in common with the SRU standard that is
> gaining popularity in the library world. I would like to encourage
> collaboration between the two communities, and see whether it is possible to
> forge a single standard out of the two. One major difference is that TAPIR
> is database-oriented, while SRU is much more document-oriented, but this
> should be possible to overcome.
> SRU has been recently been turned over to the OASIS standards body as source
> material for developing a general-purpose web services search standard. As a
> part of this standardization process, the initial draft document has been
> opened for public comments (see below). If you have comments, you can post
> them at the URL indicated. If you work for an institution that is a member
> of OASIS, I believe you can still join the committee and vote on issues
> related to the standardization.
> --- Ryan Scherle
> --- Digital Data Repository Architect
> --- NESCent
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