Re: whither URI

Keith Moore (moore@cs.utk.edu)
Wed, 21 Jun 1995 14:21:17 -0400


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From: Keith Moore <moore@cs.utk.edu>
To: Leslie Daigle <leslie@beethoven.bunyip.com>
Cc: moore@cs.utk.edu, uri@bunyip.com
Subject: Re: whither URI 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Wed, 21 Jun 1995 10:26:55 EDT."
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Date: Wed, 21 Jun 1995 14:21:17 -0400

> What I'm getting at is that, if the URI end of things focusses on
> developing "the ultimate address scheme", and  the metadata group focusses
> on "the ultimate representation of a data object", we may wind up with
> two systems that are individually good, but that don't support each other
> properly in order to provide resource location and discovery.

We need to do these serially rather than in parallel.

The first one is relatively easy when compared to the latter.  
Focusing on that task might allow us to accomplish it fairly quickly.

Also, we should beware of trying to define the "ultimate" anything.
Rather than trying to solve a problem for all possible scenarios, we
need to think in terms of engineering a solution which is satisfactory
for most needs, but still cost-effective, and which leaves a path open
for future expansion.

At the current rate of growth/change, we will do well if we can
anticipate the needs of the net five years in the future.

Keith