Thursday, October 01, 2009

Relying on Web Services

Recently we have had two examples of trusted resources being off line for an extended time. A few weeks ago the GPO PURL server was down for several days. This meant that thousands of links in library catalogs around the globe were broken.

Now the NASA Technical Reports Server is down. It went down about a week and a half ago. No word on when it will return. It went down Monday, on Wednesday this notice appeared
The NASA Technical Reports Server is currently unavailable as of September 24, 2009, due to unforeseen but required data maintenance. We apologize for the incovenience [sic]. NASA hopes to make this database available in approximately 1 week.
This affects fewer libraries but in my catalog hundreds of links to the full-text stored at the server are broken.

It seems we have put too much reliance in trusted sites (NASA, GPO). What does this mean for mash-ups? For the Web in general? If we can't trust NASA or the GPO to keep vital services up, who can we trust? Just musing.

Oct. 6 Update: The NTRS Server is still down.

1 comment:

Kim said...

The NASA Technical Reports Server at http://ntrs.nasa.gov is back online. We apologize for the inconvenience while the server was unavailable.

Kim Lyall
NASA Center for AeroSpace Information