as far as i can see, dislike of handles and PURLs doesn't mean
commitment to one system which will work in perpetuity, but only
commitment to own one domain in perpetuity. once you commit to that
you may create an abstraction/redirection layer with mod_rewrite :)
On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 11:01 PM, Shearer, Timothy J
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> Peter, are you opposed to an abstraction layer in principle? My reading
> of your response is that there's an assumption that there is one "system"
> and that it will work in perpetuity. We are in the unfortunate but I
> think fairly common position of having multiple systems, of aspiring to
> pare that down, and fully expectant that we'll need to migrate at some
> point even if we find perfection in the near to mid term. Having a link
> abstraction layer would make those transitions easier on our users, and on
> the world of linked data in general.
> On 1/26/11 4:51 PM, "Peter Murray" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>On Jan 26, 2011, at 3:24 PM, Erik Hetzner wrote:
>>> At Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:57:42 -0600,
>>> Pottinger, Hardy J. wrote:
>>>> Hi, this topic has come up for discussion with some of my
>>>> colleagues, and I was hoping to get a few other perspectives. For a
>>>> public interface to a repository and/or digital library, would you
>>>> make the handle/PURL an active hyperlink, or just provide the URL in
>>>> text form? And why?
>>>> My feeling is, making the URL an active hyperlink implies confidence
>>>> in the PURL/Handle, and provides the user with functionality they
>>>> expect of a hyperlink (right or option-click to copy, or bookmark).
>>> A permanent URL should be displayed in the address bar of the user零
>>> browser. Then, when users do what they are going to do anyway (select
>>> the link in the address bar & copy it), it will work.
>>...which is why I intensely dislike Handles and PURLs. Man-up
>>(person-up? byte-up?) and make a long-term commitment to own the URLs you
>>mint with your digital asset management system.
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