Let's talk about the near- and not-so-near-term
future of SRW.
I suggest we consider a meeting in August. One
agenda item could be to finalize 1.1 (which is
supposed to be ready 6-9 month after 1.0, which
was end-of-November; 9 months would be August).
We may be able to do that without a meeting, or
maybe not; the meeting I have in mind would be
larger in scope (but could include finalizing 1.1
if we need a meeting to do that).
Some of us are looking at a possible larger (open)
meeting sometime around October, and the August
meeting would be preliminary to that. Let's call
the October meeting a ZIG meeting for the sake of
this discussion. (It would be a reformulation of
the ZIG, with a new name, and that's about all I'm
prepared to say on that, at this point.) There is
some ZIG business on the table and that would be
part of the agenda, as there hasn't been a ZIG
meeting since April 2002. I expect we would also
begin to look critically at migrating some of the
Z39.50 functionality towards SRW or into other new
web services. And we want to determine the
metasearch requirements so that we can accomodate
them in Z39.50 or SRW (or new services).
The August meeting would be a small (closed)
group, 2 days -- day 1 SRW implementors only, day
2 to add a few of the metasearch players --
database aggregators, content providers, providers
of protocol applications (e.g. OAI). Day 1 we
would spend some time formulating issues to take
up with the metasearch folks on day 2.
We need to have 1.1 in place, along with
implementations or demos, in order to establish
credibility with the metasearch folks. I'm going
to begin to bring the implementor page up-to-date,
and ask people to provide links to servers, demos,
etc. Should we add a separate page for SRW
servers? (And SRU servers?) With Z39.50, there is
an implementor page and a separate server page.
Please post your thoughts on all of this.
(There's been recent talk about opening up this
list, and I'm planning to do it, but I'll wait
awhile, until we can get some of this discussion
out of the way.)