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Re: [dxwg] Distribution definition [RDIDF]

From: Simon Cox via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:18:16 +0000
To: public-dxwg-wg@w3.org
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`DataDistributionServices` like instances of OGC's Web Feature Service, do not appear to be the same as a `Distribution`, at least not to users. WFS accepts a query and responds with a file. These kinds of service have a long history, predating the REST theory. 

I see that fully RESTful 'services' resemble distributions, because of the resource-oriented way that you address them. However, there is still a challenge in that the set of resources (distributions) available from many services is combinatorially large. Describing this set as a 'service' is at the very least a pragmatic solution to this - otherwise a catalog would be overwhelmed by the enumerated listing of the resources available from it. The 'service' in this case is the set of _potential_ datasets/distributions that might be constructed through selection of the various query parameters. 

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