Jonathan Rochkind writes:
> Isn't there always a single point of failure if you are expecting
> to be able to resolve an http URI via the HTTP protocol?
Yes (modulo the use of multiple servers at a single IP address). But
failure of a given document is typically not catastrophic -- there are
plenty of other documents out there. Failure of the PURL server means
failure of every document that has a PURL.
What's more, PURL doesn't _replace_ the existing point of failure, it
just adds another one: remember that purl.org doesn't itself serve any
documents, it just redirects to where the document actually: for
example, http://purl.org/dc/terms/ redirects to
So if either purl.org or dublincore.org goes down, you're nadgered.
> Now, if you have a collection of disparate http URIs, you have
> _many_ points of failure in that collection. Any entity goes down
> or ceases to exist, and the http URIs that resolved to that
> entity's web server will stop working.
> I'd actually rather have a _single_ point of failure, in an
> organization that resources are being put into to ensure
> persistence, then hundreds or thousands of points of failure, many
> of which are organizations that may lack the mission, funding, or
> understanding to provide reliable persistence.
Sounds like what you want is a single _host_, which really would
either work or not. At the moment, if you use PURLs, you know none of
them will work if the PURL server goes down, and you still have the
problem of individual server flakiness.
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <[log in to unmask]> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk
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