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Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
> Which is perfectly fine... the question though is how do I refer to a
> *specific* digtal resource reliably, such that I can always retrieve a
> represenation that it is a copy of the original resource? Using a URI,
> how can I reliably point to foo.gif?
If the owner of the site wants to give you access to the raw bits they
will construct a URI with that invariant. A hyperlink in the metadata
for the original object could direct you to that URI. It might make
sense to standardize the way of doing this reference, e.g. for WebDAV.