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Resource Cataloging and Distribution System

Keith Moore, Shirley Browne, Jason Cox, and Jonathan Gettler

University of Tennessee Technical Report

January 1997


We describe an architecture for cataloging the characteristics of Internet-accessible resources, for replicating such resources to improve their accessibility, and for registering the current locations of the resources so replicated. Message digests and public-key authentication are used to ensure the integrity of the files provided to users. The service is designed to provide increased functionality with only minimal changes to either a client or a server. Resources can be named either by URNs or by existing URLs, and either type of resource name can be resolved to a description and ultimately to a set of locations from which the resource can be retrieved.

Keith Moore
Fri Feb 7 11:53:58 EST 1997