Long-term issue: regular checks of active download links?

Oct 12, 2012 at 19:15


an issue for the long-term perspective: does META-SHARE have, or plan to have, routines for checking whether URLs are active or obsolete?

I just happened to discover that a third party LRT provider has changed the URL path of quite a few resources.

Is it possible to build in to META-SHARE a routine which checks regularly whether the URLs of a record have become obsolete since last time?

If not, has META-SHARE considered routines that define ahead of time who is responsible for checking/notifying? Should it always be the distributor, for instance?





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    Answer by cspurk on Oct 15, 2012 at 08:55

    Hello Gunn,

    there is currently no peridic link checking implemented in META-SHARE. A download link is only checked at the time of downloading.

    Technically it would be possible to implement such a check. If and when such a function may be implemented depends on the future direction of improving META-SHARE as well as on possible contributions from volunteers.




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    Answer by Khalid Choukri on Oct 31, 2012 at 19:26

    Hi Gunn


    We assume that the managers of the Repository where resources are deposited would be responsiuble for all these issues as part of the "maintenance" of the service.


    Would that be automated ? why not but not all resources will have a simple URL to go to.




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