> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Mike Taylor
> Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2009 10:07 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] resolution and identification (was Re:
> [CODE4LIB] registering info: uris?)
> Houghton,Andrew writes:
> > > I have to say I am suspicious of schemes like PURL, which for all
> > > their good points introduce a single point of failure into, well,
> > > everything that uses them. That can't be good. Especially as
> > > it's run by the same compary that also runs the often-unavailable
> > > OpenURL registry.
> > What you are saying is that you are suspicious of the HTTP protocol.
> That is NOT what I am saying.
> I am saying I am suspicious of a single point of failure. Especially
> since the entire architecture of the Internet was (rightly IMHO)
> designed with the goal of avoid SPOFs.
OK, good, then if you are concerned about the PURL services SPOF, take
the freely available PURL software and created a distributed PURL based
system and put it up for the community. I think several people have
looked at this, but I have not heard of any progress or implementations.