A common sequence of events with DSpace seems to be that people download DSpace, get an evaluation instance up and running, and then want to move it to production keeping the content that's already in it. At this stage, they'll probably go and get a Handle prefix from CNRI, but the content in the DSpace has already been assigned 'fake' handles. There's no easy way for them to go through their DSpace and give all the objects new Handles with the new prefix.
So a) does this actually happen? And b) if so, would some tool that assigned new Handles in this situation be useful?
If the answers to a) and b) are yes, then c) who fancies writing such a tool, since I'm afraid I don't have time? It could be dead simple (it would have to update the identifier.uri Dublin Core field as well as the handle database table.)
Robert Tansley / DSpace Technical Lead / Hewlett-Packard Laboratories