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

From: Jon Knight <J.P.Knight@lboro.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 13:52:49 +0000 (GMT)
To: Sebastian Hammer <quinn@indexdata.dk>
cc: www-zig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.96.1020225135111.9028B-100000@mailer1>
On Fri, 22 Feb 2002, Sebastian Hammer wrote:
> And then the big question: Well, why don't we *make* them point 
> at eachother. Thus was born the "Friends & Neighbours service", which would 
> allow any Z39.50 server, on request, to return a list of other targets 
> relevant to it, sympathetic to it, or just plain known to it. 
> Theoretically, at least, it would not be necessary to provide anything 
> other than host/port coordinates for your friends and neighbours, because 
> they would be able to provide their own, up-to-date metadata about 
> themselves using Explain (or whatever).

A bit like centroids and query routing did for WHOIS++ back in the dim
distant past... ;-)  In fact could Z39.50 servers not make use of the 
existing work based on that technology?  Saves reinventing the wheel and
might even allow interoperability.

Tatty bye,

Jim'll
Received on Monday, 25 February 2002 08:52:54 UTC

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