software (actually anything classic computer related) directory
fireflyst at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 21 15:58:40 CDT 2007
I'd like to help though I have no idea how I'd do so at this point. It
sounds like a great idea.
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> From: cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org
> [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Jay West
> Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:26 PM
> To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
> Subject: software (actually anything classic computer
> related) directory
> Some mention has been made on the list with regards to a
> "global" list of classic computer related artifacts, be those
> documents (manuals), software bits, other historical
> ephemera, etc. The concept I've been working with is defining
> a standard record format for interchange amongst those that
> wish to participate. Think of this as something like ANSI
> X.12 (Electronic Data Interchange).
> Each site who wants to participate would (in an automated
> fashion) periodically (nightly?) run a program or process
> that takes data about their collection items and puts it into
> this standard record format. The format has things like
> document name, title, description, document type, owner site,
> http vs. ftp, URL, FTP address, email contact, date, key
> words, categories, distribution allowed, etc. For example, a
> program could pretty easily be created that would take all
> the documents on bitsavers and puts them into this standard
> record format. Then the source systems send this record dump
> (or deltas from a previous dump) to the classiccmp server.
> The classiccmp server takes all these records from all the
> various sites and puts them together into a single database
> internally, and also provides a seamless mechanism (http, and
> yes... gopher, archie?) for people to search the database or
> browse based on given criteria. It looks like one database.
> But when a user tries to pull up one of the specific entries
> it is actually redirected to the sponsoring systems server to
> get the data.
> This way each system can keep their classic data (jpegs,
> pdfs, disk images,
> whatever) in the format they are already using without
> changing anything.
> They just need to have something that takes their
> format/sources and puts it into the standard format which is
> then sync'd to classiccmp.org.
> Provisions could be made to the standard record format to
> address all types of media, allow some items to be listed as
> "present" but "unavailable" for things that can't be released
> due to copyright issues (but at least people would know it
> had been preserved).
> I'd be happy to start a separate mailing list to discuss this
> record format, and if people are interested in participating.
> I'd hate to chew up cctalk/cctech bandwidth discussing
> project design :)
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