For example, if you don't want to rely on as your gateway to the 
handle system for doi resolution, it would be quite easy for me to deploy my 
own gateway at I might want to do this if a were an 
organization paranoid about security and didn't want to disclose to anybody 
what doi's my organization was resolving. Or, I might want to directly access 
metadata in the handle system that doesn't go through the http gateways, to 
provide a service other than resolution.

Does this answer your question, Ross?

On Nov 20, 2009, at 2:31 PM, Ross Singer wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 2:23 PM, Eric Hellman <> wrote:
>> Having incorporated the handle client software into my own stuff rather 
>> easily, I'm pretty sure that's not true.
> Fair enough.  The technology is binding independent.
> So you are using and sharing handles using some protocol other than HTTP?
> I'm more interested in the sharing part of that question.  What is the
> format of the handle identifier in this context?  What advantage does
> it bring over HTTP?
> -Ross.

Eric Hellman
President, Gluejar, Inc.
41 Watchung Plaza, #132
Montclair, NJ 07042

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