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Re: Boeing XRI Use Cases

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:03:42 +0100
To: "Schleiff, Marty" <marty.schleiff@boeing.com>
Cc: "Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>, "Booth, David (HP Software - Boston)" <dbooth@hp.com>, <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <f5bfxq9jusx.fsf@hildegard.inf.ed.ac.uk>

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Schleiff, Marty writes:

> I see (at http://www.cdlib.org/inside/diglib/ark/) that appending a "?"
> to the end of the ARKs is an indicator that a metadata record should be
> returned to the browser. Is it the intent of ARK that both loc.gov and
> rutgers.edu would provide the the same response for the same object? Or,
> might each provide their own perspective of the object, perhaps
> returning different metadata and/or conflicting metadata? E.g., if the
> ARK represents a book, might loc.gov describe the book as "boring" and
> rutgers.edu describe it as "exciting"? Or is the intent that they would
> provide the same metadata?

The ARK RFC [1] says, regarding this question:

   "chances are small that all holding organizations will ... maintain
    [precisely] the same object metadata."

So some divergence is expected, although clearly the goal is to
minimize it.  The kind of metadata specified (who, what, where) as the
minimum required to be supplied is clearly intended to be fixed.

ht

[1] http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-kunze-ark-15#section-2.1
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