[DAS2] Why use URIs for feature IDs?

Andrew Dalke dalke at dalkescientific.com
Thu Feb 9 10:00:45 UTC 2006

Thomas Down wrote:
> Anyway, I'm still having a bit of trouble seeing why features need 
> individually GETable URIs.  The use case I remember from the 
> conference call was that it would be nice to be able to describe DAS/2 
> features in RDF documents.  I guess that makes sense to me, but for 
> this purpose is there anything wrong with a URI like:
>            http://das2.sanger.ac.uk/ensembl35/features#id12345

For that matter, the spec doesn't at present say that the
individual URLs need to be fetchable.  A client could treat them
as opaque and unresolvable URLs and still do what it wants.

					dalke at dalkescientific.com

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