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DG XIII identifies and describes Web resources

The European Commission, Directorate General XIII, has published "Identifying and describing web resources", which starts with the view that the World Wide Web is one of our primary information repositories - a vast digital library of documents, software, images, and so on, co...
The European Commission, Directorate General XIII, has published "Identifying and describing web resources", which starts with the view that the World Wide Web is one of our primary information repositories - a vast digital library of documents, software, images, and so on, covering a multitude of subjects and application areas.

"Still, as we browse the Web, we tend not to dwell on the technological infrastructure that makes it possible," says author Laurie Causton. "Even so, not only is this infrastructure fundamental to the operation of the Web, but to ensure that the Web continues to deliver information to us, efficiently and reliably, it will need to evolve. The core mechanisms, such as Internet Protocol (IP), are developing to accommodate future growth and future needs. At the application level, initiatives are also under way to impose a more coherent structure on the information resources themselves."

The publication explores the concepts, before looking in more detail at what they are doing. It gives an overview of the current state of affairs, focussing on the more significant developments and highlighting any apparent problems. It does not dwell on technical details and does not aim to be exhaustive or authoritative. Rather, it aims simply to be informative - to describe what is being done, to pass comment on what is being done, and to indicate what remains to be done in the future.
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