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Re: Prototype URL to Life Science Identifier (LSID) gateway now available

From: Eric Jain <Eric.Jain@isb-sib.ch>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 13:27:40 +0200
Message-ID: <452F782C.8090900@isb-sib.ch>
To: Sean Martin <sjmm@us.ibm.com>
CC: Lsid-developer@lists.sourceforge.net, public-semweb-lifesci <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

Sean Martin wrote:
> Here is our first stab at the syntax of the mapping.

Looks good, but as far as I am concerned you could go one step further and 
simply redirect

http://lsid-info.org/urn:lsid:foo:bar:baz:1

to the actual site, e.g. http://foo.org/xyz/bar/baz?version=1, and leave it 
up to that server to use content negotiation to figure out whether to 
return a normal web page or something else.

The reason why I advocate this lazy approach is that I need to create URIs 
for resources from several dozen life science databases [see 
http://expasy.org/cgi-bin/lists?dbxref.txt for a brief overview]. The only 
common thing these database have is that you can (in most cases...) create 
a URL that points to a web page. Forget about metadata and versioning etc.

The current system (which I may have misunderstood) seems to put some 
obligation on the authority to be able to return metadata; if redirection 
is used, the blame for failure to deliver metadata is shifted :-)
Received on Friday, 13 October 2006 11:30:36 GMT

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