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Paper: The Distributed Astronomical Preprint Service
Volume: 172, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems VIII
Page: 225
Authors: Huizinga, J. E.; Hanisch, Robert J.; Payne, H. E.; Williamson, R. L.
Abstract: We have developed a prototype distributed preprint service. The system is hierarchical, with identical software at each node. Site maintenance tools written in Java allow information providers to enter new preprint metadata and to update them when preprints are published. A web site at each node is built on-the-fly from the metadata, allowing both browsing and searching. Parent servers can gather metadata from child servers, allowing the central server to index everything, and to notice new entries. Queries return preprint identifiers (``prepcodes'') which resolve to on-line journals in the case of published preprints.
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