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Re: New attempt

John Caron wrote:
One thing I dont understand is what is the relationship between whats
contained inside the collection vs. whats in the dataset you specify through
the access element? The user should understand them to be the same (although
in fact the writer could accidentally or on purpose make them unrelated)?

It is not a dataset that I specify through the access element -- it is a DODS access for the collection (collections are the same as datasets -- we cannot even formulate a reasonable distinction).  Most collections would not have DODS access, but some do.  The writer cannot make them different, that violates the meaning of access belonging to the collection.

presume that the ANNUAL, MONTHLY, and SEASONAL datasets are a different way
of accessing the collection dataset? Or should they be thought of as
different, but related datasets?
They are subdatasets, i.e. different ways of accessing the collection dataset.    In practice this is important because some DODS clients can handle DODS datasets that contain nest variables (i.e. structures), and some DODS clients can only handle flat datasets, i.e. a collection of simple variables.   The DODS clients that can handle nesting can use the collection access through DODS:  DODS clients that cannot need to drill farther before using DODS.
In this spscific example, you also specify that the collection has a service
of type Catalog <service serviceType="Catalog" suffix="thredds.xml"/>. What
is the relationship between that catalog and what is contained in the
a catalog with a single collection is the collection:  your formulation as best I can understand it (i.e. I see no different between catalogs that contain single collections and collections, which is implicit in your dropping the level of nesting under that circumstance).  I think I should omit that circular reference (not that the client would get too confused:  when it constructed the url it would find it the url of the document), e.g. the file should be

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE catalog SYSTEM "http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/projects/THREDDS/xml/InvCatalog.0.6a.dtd">
<service ID="IngridDataset" serviceType="Compound" base="http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/">
<service serviceType="DODS" suffix="dods"/>
<service serviceType="Catalog" suffix="thredds.xml"/>
<service ID="JustDODS" serviceType="DODS" suffix="dods"/>
<dataset name="LEVITUS94">
<attribute name="fullname" value="LEVITUS94"/>
<access serviceID="JustDODS" urlPATH="SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/"/>
<attribute name="references" value="Conkright:etal1994 Levitus:Boyer1994a Levitus:etal1994 Levitus:Boyer1994c"/>

<documentation>LEVITUS94:  World Ocean Atlas 1994, an atlas of objectively analyzed fields of major ocean parameters</documentation>

<documentation xlink:href=""http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.dataset_documentation.html"/">http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.dataset_documentation.html"/>
<document xlink:href=""http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.oceanviews.html">http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.oceanviews.html" name="oceanviews"/>
<document xlink:href=""http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.oceanviews2.html">http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.oceanviews2.html" name="oceanviews2"/>
<document xlink:href=""http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.Zmix.html">http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.Zmix.html" name="Zmix"/>
<dataset name="ANNUAL">
<access serviceID="IngridDataset" urlPATH="SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.ANNUAL/"/>
<dataset name="MONTHLY">
<access serviceID="IngridDataset" urlPATH="SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.MONTHLY/"/>
<dataset name="SEASONAL">
<access serviceID="IngridDataset" urlPATH="SOURCES/.LEVITUS94/.SEASONAL/"/>


Dr. M. Benno Blumenthal          address@hidden
International Research Institute for climate prediction
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Palisades NY 10964-8000                  (845) 680-4450

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