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Re: Z39.50 on the web (and in print)

From: Mark Needleman - DRA <mneedlem@dra.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 08:20:33 -0600 (CST)
To: Sebastian Hammer <quinn@indexdata.dk>
cc: Robert Sanderson <azaroth@liverpool.ac.uk>, a.sanders@mcc.ac.uk, www-zig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.3.95.1020222081750.28085F-100000@tourist.dra.com>

I would be interested in yhearing your reservations - my own thoughts on
this service is that its not a bad idea but also not terribly useful
unless there is some mechanism to include enough information about the
neighbor servers so that the client can make some intelligent decisions
about whether its useful to go to them - and then the question becomes
what is enough inforation before we just encode all of explain in those
returned records


On Fri, 22 Feb 2002, Sebastian Hammer wrote:

> At 12:43 22-02-2002 +0000, Robert Sanderson wrote:
> >To go back to the original idea, what is needed is actually an explain
> >harvester/cross searcher so there's one server to go to that can find
> >others based on their explain information.
> Mark Hinnebusch asked me this in response to my original mail, so I'll pass 
> it on...
> Would this be the "friends and neighbours" service that was discussed with 
> some enthusiasm at a meeting a year or so ago? The idea was that a server 
> would be able to return a list of "friends and neighbours", for instance, 
> other members of its consortium, other national servers, etc. At that time, 
> Explain was unpopular, so the idea was to do it in an XML structure 
> returned on the Init, as I recall.
> As popular as the idea seemed at the time, I have developed my own 
> reservations about this, but what do others think?
> --Sebastian
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