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4. Service Description


See section 3.8 for an introduction to WHOIS++ and ROADS and for an example of the use of the ROADS SERVICE template.

The ROADS SERVICE template [ROADSSERV] provides a mechanism for describing online services. The template is defined as follows:

Title Complete title of the resource.
URI Identifier, usually an URL.
Admin For administrator of site.
Owner For the owner of the site.
Sponsoring For the site sponsor/s.
Publisher For the publisher.
Description Free text description of the service.
Authentication Authentication information, e.g. login and password details.
Registration Registration information if the resource is not available for general access.
Charging-Policy The charging mechanism in place. Including fee structure.
Access-Policy Policies for accessing the service.
Access-Times Time-ranges for mandatory or preferred access to the service.
Keywords Appropriate subject keywords which apply to the resource.
Subject-Descriptor A subject heading or classification number.
Subject-Descriptor-Scheme The scheme used in the Subject-Descriptor field.
Short-Title A shorter form of Title, e.g. an acronym.
Alternative-Title An alternative form of Title.
Language The language of the service.
ISSN International Standard Serial Number.
Discussion Free text discussion of possible discussion forums appropriate to the resource.
Source Information about the definitive version of a resource.
Category Type of resource
Comments Comments added by the 'cataloguer'

It is also worth noting that ROADS provides the ability to search across a number of local and remote ROADS services (using the WHOIS++ protocol). In order to configure cross-searching, ROADS uses the following attributes in a configuration file to describe each remote service:

URI The URI for the service
Host-Name A host name...
Host-Port ...and port number
Description A short description of the service
Authentication-type Authentication requirements
Authentication-data Authentication information, e.g. a password

Andy Powell, UKOLN