OASIS Entity Resolution TC
Developing an XML specification for mapping resource references to known resources
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The XML Catalog Specification V 1.1 became an OASIS Standard on October 1, 2005. The specification is available in PDF, HTML, and XML versions.
Resources on the web are referenced in many different contexts. In some of these contexts, the resource is not readily available, or isn't trusted. Entity Resolution is the process by which these resource references can be mapped to another version of the reference that can be found, or that is trusted. The Entity Resolution TC is working on a specification of that mapping that works in several applications and is platform-neutral.
The TC meets by phone on an unpredictable schedule.
A more detailed description of Entity Resolution is
Entity resolution is the process that an XML processor goes through when it has been requested to find a resource in the course of processing the resource it's working on. The XML processor knows labelling information about the resource such as its system identifier and possibly a name, public identifier, and so forth. These identifiers can be used to determine the actual location of the desired external resource. This determination process (which "maps" the known labelling information into an actual location) is called an entity resolution, and the file that contains the specific mapping information is called the entity resolution catalog. The resource can be an XML entity or any other resource.
Although not produced by the OASIS Entity Resolution TC, the following information offers useful insights into entity resolution and how to use entity resolution catalogs.
- Cover Page
- Software Documentation (some refers to previous versions of the specification)
Older versions of the specifications are at:
- Working Draft 1.0 (Second Edition), 09 Jan 2004
- Committee Specification 1.0, 03 Jun 2003
- http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/entity/spec-2001-08-06.html also at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/entity/spec.html
Content for this OASIS TC web page is provided by Lauren Wood and Norm Walsh of Sun Microsystems, as well as other TC members, on behalf of the Entity Resolution TC. For technical assistance, contact email@example.com.
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