Re: X.500 as document repository

Sylvain Langlois <> Wed, 26 February 1992 03:24 UTC

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Subject: Re: X.500 as document repository
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From: Sylvain Langlois <>

> In fact, I would go even further and say that, except in limited
> cases, X.500 isn't even so great at storing pointers to individual
> documents. The problem is that X.500 has this hierarchical view
> of the world, which doesn't necessarily map well into the world
> of documents (in general repositories of information). It also
> isn't so hot as far as searching capabilities go ...


I know  very few about document  referrencing systems,  but  I thought
that librarians have a numbering scheme  mixing characters  and digits
which does  fairly fit into a  hierarchical organization of "pointers"
WITHIN  their own library  (i.e the  same   reference can be used  for
indexing different books in different libraries!)
This identification  is purely local  to a library. I guess  the  ISBN
code is the only unique information universaly referencing  a document
(as long as the document we are looking for has an ISBN code!)
I don't know how  ISBN's are allocated  and if they have a hierachical
semantic. (There is a country code in it but that's all I know!)


Sylvain Langlois		  "Dogmatic attachement to the supposed merits
(	   of a particular structure hinders the searc
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