[Pipet Devel] Internet pioneer urges overhaul

J.W. Bizzaro jeff at bioinformatics.org
Thu Nov 23 14:27:12 EST 2000

There are some interesting comments about this on Slashdot:


The whole discussion is applicable to Piper, since we want to tag objects with
metadata and register other instances of Piper running on the Net, at the very
least, if not all objects.


"J.W. Bizzaro" wrote:
> ``Similar to the way a host name is resolved to an IP address, the handle will
> be resolved into information the computer needs to know about the object. Only
> since the information is now about the object, the location of the object is
> just one of the bits of information that is important. The handle record will
> also tell the computer things like what kind of file the object it is, how
> often it will be updated and how the object is allowed to be used - whether
> there are any copyright or privacy protections. The record can also have any
> industry-specific information about the object, like a book's International
> Standard Book Number (ISBN) code.''
> Sound familiar?  Skip down to the picture of Kahn unless you want a lesson on
> what the Internet is.
> http://www.msnbc.com/news/492681.asp?cp1=1

J.W. Bizzaro                                           jeff at bioinformatics.org
Director, Bioinformatics.org: The Open Lab     http://bioinformatics.org/~jeff
"All those scientists--they're all alike!  They say they're working for us,
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