I have been tasked with coming up with a RESTful Create, Read, Update [we're
not Deleting] API to our home-grown controlled vocabulary database, "WordShack".
WordShack was developed as part of our Email Archiving Pilot, where we
control not only for subject, but for person, organization, email address, etc.
I've investigated Tematres1.2 (nice interface, btw), and also looked into
the lately-announced HIVE RESTful Web Services API, but both these seem to
Is anyone working on the C & U part of CRUD?
An additional complication is that the controlled vocabulary systems I've
seen so far flatten (and store) the "term" into a single string, whereas our
DB, heavily MODS influenced, breaks up terms into fields: say, a "person"
term is broken into a (name,term of address, date) tuple. While I'd
consider putting a skim coat on the DB with a structured text string
gazinta/goesoutta of some sort, I can imagine screams of anguish from the
original designers (some of whom are also on this code4lib ml :-)
I'd like to hear from anyone who is working on this, or who would like to be
working on it with me.
Bobbi Fox, Office for Information Systems