[seek-kr-sms] SMS Partial Design -- Request for Comments

Matt Jones jones at nceas.ucsb.edu
Thu Apr 1 12:45:26 PST 2004

Too cool for words!  I'll have to realy dig into this and get back to 
you, but I am very excited about what you produced. This is exactly the 
type of design doc that allows us to get more people involved in the 
implementation.  Thanks, Shawn.


Shawn Bowers wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I checked in some additions to the SEEK SMS design docs I've been 
> working on.
> In particular, this document contains all of the most recent stuff that 
> is finished as a draft.
> Here it is:
> http://cvs.ecoinformatics.org/cvs/cvsweb.cgi/seek/projects/kr-sms/docs/SMS-API-Design-Apr01-2004.pdf 
> I would really like your feedback on this (somewhat preliminary) design, 
>  before moving on to additional design work and prototyping (which I 
> have already started, but anyway), etc.
> The design consists of a very high-level view of the services provided 
> by KR/SMS.  Then, it goes over four informal use-cases: (1) defining 
> semantic registration mappings, (2) semantic dataset discovery (of which 
> there is a prototype, but more on that later), (3) semantic actor 
> classification (an alternative or supplement to the current Kepler 
> proposal -- the idea being that the KR/SMS component leverages 
> ontologies for dynamically constructing relevant Kepler file folders for 
> browsing actors), and (4) structural data transformation for actor 
> composition.  [Note that these use cases are just a preliminary set of 
> use cases for KR/SMS -- to get things going for development and to 
> appease our project manager :-) ]
> The first two use cases have some detail: The registration use case 
> provides a notional interface for easy semantic attachment and sequence 
> diagrams; The dataset discovery shows an example query (with a similar 
> interface as for registration) and a corresponding sequence diagram. The 
> last two use cases are not "filled" out in this style. Note that there 
> are no "words" for the slides (unless you count the 1000 words 
> associated with each picture).
> I would really appreciate your feedback, comments, etc. on this stuff.
> Thanks,
> Shawn
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