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Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 1:11 PM
> Hi John,
> An example would certainly be in order. Within Ingrid/IRI data library,
> url for a dataset is a virtual directory, different files within that
> directory contain the different representations of that dataset, e.g.
> dods.das, dods.dds, dods.dods, data.cdf, data.r4, data.s4, data.txt,
> index.html, index.xml, .... . Filters on the data and metadata appear
> subdirectories, e.g. a filter which transforms the metadata to be COARDS
> compliant would mean appending COARDS/ to the dataseturl. There are
> filters for averaging, svd analysis, etc, but I was not trying to go there
> the moment.
> To describe this as a serviceList, I would envision something like the
> <servicelist ID="Ingrid" base="http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/">
> <service type="DODS" urlsuffix="dods">
> <service type="DODS" subtype="COARDS" urlsuffix="COARDS/dods">
> <service type="netcdf" urlsuffix="data.cdf">
> <service type="netcdf" subtype="COARDS" urlsuffix="COARDS/data.cdf">
> <collection name="LEVITUS94">
> <collection name="ANNUAL">
> <dataset name="PO4" serverID="Ingrid" dataType="GRID"
> <dataset name="NO3" serverID="Ingrid" dataType="GRID"
> <dataset name="temp" serverID="Ingrid" dataType="GRID"
> And I would hope the client would generate DODS base urls like
> depending on whether it wanted the COARDS subtype or not.
So you have added a few new twists to the proposed <serviceList> element:
1) allow servicelist to have a base attribute, which its service elements
2) add a urlsuffix attribute to service element, meaning "append this to
3) add a subtype atttribute to service element, meaning
3.1 "display this to the user so they can choose" ?? in which case you
probably want a subtype on the other element, which in this case would mean
"raw - not augmented with COARDS" ?
(or) 3.2 "clients should know which service they want and filter
accordingly" (client = software client).
The last question is really more general than subtypes, its really what does
a client do when it sees multiple services for the same dataset?
> One could envision large service lists, so one might want to allow doing
> reference (would only have to download a servers servicelist once).
> P.S. the 'netcdf' service above refers to http delivery of complete
> files: I only include it as an example and probably would not advertise
> service since I would rather clients use DODS anyway.
Actually, service="NetCDF" currently means Netcdf access (including
subsetting) through HTTP, which is in the Netcdf-Java library (version 2).
We'd have to name your service something different (its more like FTP except