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2013-06-18: NTRS, Memento, and Handles

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In a previous post I covered the shut down of the NASA Technical Report Server, which has since come back online in a reduced capacity.  In this post we examine some of the peculiarities of the current state of NTRS, particularly with respect to Handles and Memento. 

Earlier this week I needed to access an old NASA report of mine, ironically enough about NTRS, from 1996:
Richard C. Tuey, Mary Collins, Pamela Caswell, Bob Haynes, Michael L. Nelson, Jeanne Holm, Lynn Buquo, Annette Tingle, Bill Cooper and Roy Stiltner, NASAwide Electronic Publishing System-Prototype STI Electronic Document Distribution: Stage-4 Evaluation Report, NASA TM-104630 (parts 1 and 2), May 1996. It is not a particularly enjoyable report; it is the kind of lengthy, multi-authored, sanitized, bureaucratic-engineering report that people write but don't read (a "better" summary can be found in AIAA-95-0964).  I probably have a pdf of the report somewhere in my files, but instead I pulled up my p…