Fantastic idea; Is there any activity here?
Stephen De Gabrielle
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From: Daniel Chudnov <dchud@um...> - 2002-12-30 23:09:29
On Mon, 23 Dec 2002, Stephen De Gabrielle wrote:
> Fantastic idea; Is there any activity here?
(assuming you're referring to the few-years-old article about "docster"
posted at oss4lib.org... :)
Not directly. In the past few years, though, groups within the
international library community has promulgated at least two standards
which might be seen as solid building blocks for a docster-like system:
METS (see http://www.loc.gov/standards/mets/)
OAI-PMH (see http://www.openarchives.org/)
Discussion on this list a few years ago mumbled around the need for two
such standards, among others: one (METS) for generically encoding metadata
describing a bundle of related files/content, and the other (OAI-PMH) for
exposing metadata for effecient harvesting for indexing, query, and
whatever other value might be added.
It's likely that anyone attempting a system like the one discussed here a
while back would have a much easier head start thanks to the excellent
work done by the groups and individuals behind these two efforts.
Aside from library-specific work, a great deal of progress and sundry
development has occurred around de facto protocols like gnutella and
napster, and with libraries such as Sun's jxta, to name a few obvious
As far as I know, though, none of this work has been spearheaded directly
by folks on this list, and no significant work has been published under
the name "docster"... and this list has been basically dormant for about