Peter Cornillon wrote: > > (Personally I like the simple definition "In a DODS server, a dataset is > > something you > > can get a DAS and DAP from." Maybe this should be the def'n of a "DODS > > data set".) > > Steve, are you including a file server and/or an Aggregation server here? > Even if you are, from the perspective of the DODS/NVODS dataset list, this > definition is quite restrictive. Offline here to keep from muddying the waters. I guess I'd say that the reason for agreeing on a definition is so that a single meaning can flow *from* it rather than multiple meanings flowing *into* it. The meaning that would flow from "In a DODS server, a dataset is something you can get a DAS and DAP from." (John Caron's words) is that the output of an A.S. is a DODS data set. The collection of data sets represented by a DODS file server (a.k.a. "catalog server"?), however, is NOT a "DODS data set" by this definition (though the file server URL, itself, is.) I don't see this is either restrictive or non-restrictive. It seems like what we're after is simply some terminology that we can agree upon -- not to alter the underlying concepts.
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