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DASL / GILS alignment

From: Alex Hopmann (Exchange) <alexhop@exchange.microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 15:49:28 -0800
Message-ID: <E46F2E74BFC4CF119A8B00805FCCAB2705CC3629@RENCHOW>
To: "'www-webdav-dasl@w3.org'" <www-webdav-dasl@w3.org>
Cc: "'echristi@usgs.gov'" <echristi@usgs.gov>, "'warnock@home.com'" <warnock@home.com>
Today several of us met to discuss alignment between the GILS and DASL
specifications.

Global Information Locator Service (GILS) info: http://www.gils.net/
DASL info: http://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/dasl/
Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC):
http://www.fgdc.gov/clearinghouse/clearinghouse.html

Attending were:
Alex Hopmann, DASL WG Chair
Jim Davis, DASL author
Eliot Christian, Chief GILS Architect
Archie Warnock, FGDC Clearinghouse and ASF Implementation

At the meeting, we all agreed that there is enough synergy between the two
specifications that it should be possible to align them. Archie is rewriting
the existing web -> Z39.50 gateway, and will attempt to support receiving
DASL requests. If this experiment is successful it should make available
thousands of databases and literally terabytes of information to DASL
clients.

After a day and a half of intensively working through the design, we did not
come up with any changes we would have to make to DASL. We are actually
really happy about this as a test of our design so far for DASL. It's
possible that as the experiment progresses we might find things we want to
improve in DASL, and these will be offered as suggestions on the DASL
mailing list.

Participation in this experiment from other folks is strongly encouraged-
Please just post to this list (www-webdav-dasl@w3.org) if you want to get
involved.

Alex Hopmann, Jim Davis, Eliot Christian, Archie Warnock
Received on Wednesday, 27 January 1999 18:49:28 GMT

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