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   Re: [xml-dev] Google as Big Brother

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paul@prescod.net (Paul Prescod) writes:
>There are a few issues.
>First, Google is not mandated as central by any standards body. There
>is no "uddi.org" that decides who gets into the search engine game or
>Second, Google has no information about a site (except synthesized
>data like PageRank) that you cannot get from the site itself.
>Therefore, once Google does the introduction, you do not ever need to
>use them again. If you want to tell Google about your site you give it
>a URI and not much else.
>Third, as a consequence of the second point, Google has no information
>(except ... PageRank) about a site that is not equally available to
>AltaVista and Inktomi. This means that it is theoretically easy to
>build a repository that has exactly the same information as Google
>(but much harder to build a search engine over that repository!).
>Fourth, Google's way of addressing resources is by their URIs. That
>means that once I get an introduction through Google, I can introduce
>a third party without going through Google again. UDDI uses UUIDs and
>those UUIDs are specific to some particular registry.

Thanks, Paul  That makes your use of "decentralized" in this context
much much clearer.

Simon St.Laurent
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