Jonathan Rochkind writes: > Crosswalk is exactly the wrong answer for this. Two very small > overlapping communities of most library developers can surely agree > on using the same identifiers, and then we make things easier for > US. We don't need to solve the entire universe of problems. Solve > the simple problem in front of you in the simplest way that could > possibly work and still leave room for future expansion and > improvement. From that, we learn how to solve the big problems, > when we're ready. Overreach and try to solve the huge problem > including every possible use case, many of which don't apply to you > but SOMEDAY MIGHT... and you end up with the kind of > over-abstracted over-engineered > too-complicated-to-actually-catch-on solutions that... we in the > library community normally end up with.
I strongly, STRONGLY agree with this. It's exactly what I was about to write myself, in response to Peter's message, until I saw that Jonathan had saved me the trouble :-) Let's solve the problem that's in front of us right now: bring SRU into harmony with OpenURL in this respect, and the very act of doing so will lend extra legitimacy to the agreed-on identifiers, which will then be more strongly positioned as The Right Identifiers for other initiatives to use. _/|_ ___________________________________________________________________ /o ) \/ Mike Taylor <m...@indexdata.com> http://www.miketaylor.org.uk )_v__/\ "You cannot really appreciate Dilbert unless you've read it in the original Klingon." -- Klingon Programming Mantra