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Re: [personal] proposal for standard NCBI database URI

From: Mark Wilkinson <markw@illuminae.com>
Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 08:06:55 -0700
To: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Cc: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Message-Id: <1147187215.16114.9.camel@bioinfo.icapture.ubc.ca>

On Tue, 2006-05-09 at 00:00 -0400, Alan Ruttenberg wrote:

> 3. This proposal is not meant to oppose using LSIDs. However, I will  
> note that there doesn't seem to be a working combination of a)  
> specification of what these look like for NCBI, and b) a working  
> resolver for the few examples I've seen[*]. Thus implementing LSIDs  
> will require work = delay.

I think a group like this might be in a position to put a bit of "oomph"
into convincing NCBI to do this, if they are listening... :-)

We could, independently of them, implement LSID's as an identifier-only
system just as easily as any other type of URI; what we cannot easily
implement is the resolver, since that has to exist within their domain.
Nevertheless, since your proposal in this message was to build URIs
(URLs) that cannot resolve, I would favour using LSIDs as identifiers
since it is less ad hoc...

Just my CAD$0.02



Mark Wilkinson
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University of British Columbia
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