Re: new iafa draft

Thomas Krichel <> Thu, 11 January 1996 00:22 UTC

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Subject: Re: new iafa draft
To: Chris Weider <>
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  Chris Weider writes:

> With some minor exceptions, you should be able to use IAFA templates as-is
> with the WHOIS++ servers that are extant.

  That is encouraging news. 

>  The whole metadata template work is still very much in flux, with not
>  much progress made last year. 

  One approach to resolve the problems with the current draft
  is to dump the concept of version to replace it by a part
  concept. A resource could be thought of as a collection of
  files that are related in some way. How they related to each
  other is difficult to express in  a template form. Thererfore
  one should list the parts, the format of each part and 
  a description of its functionality.

  For example, assume I present something about snowpeople. I would
  like to encode something like

  Abstract: This resource is about the sex life of snowpeople
  Part: Slides with main results in English
  Format: application/slideprocessor
  URL: snow.slide
  Part: Slides with main results in French
  Format: application/slideprocessor
  URL: neige.slide
  Format: application/video
  Part: Video of Snowpeople having sex, in French
  Format: text/fortram
  Part: programme to compute increase in room temperature through
        sexual activity of snowpeople
  URL:  snowsextemper.for

  Thomas Krichel