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From "Henry Story (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CLEREZZA-463) create a SemWebProxy bundle
Date Wed, 11 May 2011 20:47:47 GMT


Henry Story commented on CLEREZZA-463:

the main part of this issue has been solved. Clearly the WebProxy bundle has a lot of evolving
it can do. It works as is now, well enough to be used on small demo projects which is what
is for. The remaining issue here is the CLEREZZA-489 Naming of Graphs, which is an important
issue in itself, but should not be tied to the web proxy bundle.

> create a SemWebProxy bundle
> ---------------------------
>                 Key: CLEREZZA-463
>                 URL:
>             Project: Clerezza
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Henry Story
>            Assignee: Henry Story
>              Labels: cache, web, webid
>   Original Estimate: 168h
>  Remaining Estimate: 168h
> A Semantic Web CMS like Clerezza is all going to be about fetching data from the web
and using it to create interesting services. Fetching remote graphs should therefore be a
simple and very reliable service. The service should act as a semantic web proxy/cache service.
It should
> - be able to fetch a remote resource
> - return a local cached version if the remote resource has not been update
>   (this implies it should understand the logic of HTTP etags, valid-until, and so on)
> - keep track of redirects
> - of which resources are information resources and which not (eg
is not an information resource, but a relation, and so redirects to the ontology)
> - allow the user to specify if he wants a clean version to be fetched remotely, or force
the usage of local version
> - return a graph of that remote resource
> - also return a message if the resource does not exist, or is unavailable
> Longer term:
> - be able to return graphs for how resources were in the past
> - fetch graphs as a user - so that it can authenticate with WebID to remote resources
and get additional information
> - know how to get GRDDL transforms to make any xml easily transformable into graphs
> In my latest 'mistaken' checkin ( r1081290 which should have been a development branch
really, but it's easier  to fix now than  to undo) this role is taken by the org.apache.clerezza.platform.users.WebDescriptionProvider,
as a large part of this was correctly done there by reto. So the proposal is that the proxy
part of the WebDescriptionProvider should be moved to its own module, and that the WebDescriptionProvider
should use that proxy service.
> This service will be needed for fetching web pages on the web. It should be built to
be efficient and parallellisable. Perhaps Scala Actors are the right thing to user here (I
am looking into this).
> Since this service should be useable by SSPs that need to use remote data, it should
have a class containing  a fetch() method that implements the WebRendering function

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