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I've not followed all of turns and twists of this discussion, so here is my na´ve tuppence worth.

You can do this with SRW/SRU 1.0 as is!

You need the digital object servers to return appropriate persistent URLs (PURLS, Handles, OpenURLs etc.) which most do (and if they don't we can't solve that with SRW/SRU!!!). Your central server has to return a metadata format which includes these URLs (Mets, MarcXML, Mods, even DC return such a place holder for this sort of thing). Your client needs to know to follow these URLs for further information

You might want to write this up as an application profile/recommendation for this sort of application, but I can't see any changes to SRU/SRW needed to support this! 

The orthogonal question of whether it should be mandatory for any record to return a (SRW/SRU context) persistent id is probably better answered by considering whether there are any cases where this would not be applicable. My preference is that this sort of behaviour should be better in an application context/profile.

Matthew 

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Oldroyd, Bill [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
> Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 12:36 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
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> Mike,
> 
> Say I have 20 different systems serving digital objects.
> 
> There is a single server indexing these 20 systems, say by crawling or
> harvesting. The server provides a search interface.
> 
> The user performs a search against the search server. The records are
> retrieved from the digial object servers.
> 
> Why would you want to do this ?. Answer - because if you 
> could do it, it
> might allow one to design systems in a different way.
> 
> Bill
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Taylor
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: 02/06/03 12:24
> Subject: Re: Metaresponse
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> > Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2003 09:55:09 +0100
> > From: "Oldroyd, Bill" <[log in to unmask]>
> >
> > > >   http://srw.o-r-g.org:8080/database/?query=rec.id 
> exact "ident1"
> >
> > > Exactly.
> >
> > This could be a unique, persistent URI, but I was asking that any
> > URI could be used to identify the record, not one requiring a stem
> > of the database and command.
> 
> Hi Bill.  I'm struggling to understand what difference this makes to
> anything -- perhaps you could help us with a usage scenario?
> 
> Thanks,
> 
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