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Using Existing Bibliographic Identifiers as Uniform Resource Names (RFC2288)

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Original Publication Date: 1998-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 8 page(s) / 20K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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C. Lynch: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A system for Uniform Resource Names (URNs) must be capable of supporting identifiers from existing widely-used naming systems. This document discusses how three major bibliographic identifiers (the ISBN, ISSN and SICI) can be supported within the URN framework and the currently proposed syntax for URNs.

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Network Working Group C. Lynch

Request for Comments: 2288 Coalition for Networked Information

Category: Informational C. Preston

Preston & Lynch

R. Daniel

Los Alamos National Laboratory

February 1998

Using Existing Bibliographic Identifiers

as

Uniform Resource Names

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

A system for Uniform Resource Names (URNs) must be capable of

supporting identifiers from existing widely-used naming systems.

This document discusses how three major bibliographic identifiers

(the ISBN, ISSN and SICI) can be supported within the URN framework

and the currently proposed syntax for URNs.

1. Introduction

The ongoing work of several IETF working groups, most recently in the

Uniform Resource Names working group, has culminated the development

of a syntax for Uniform Resource Names (URNs). The functional

requirements and overall framework for Uniform Resource Names are

specified in RFC 1737 [Sollins & Masinter] and the specification for

the URN syntax is RFC 2141 [Moats].

As part of the validation process for the development of URNs the

IETF working group has agreed that it is important to demonstrate

that the current URN syntax proposal can accommodate existing

identifiers from well established namespaces. One such

infrastructure for assigning and managing names comes from the

bibliographic community. Bibliographic identifiers function as names

for objects that exist both in print and, increasingly, in electronic

formats. This memo demonstrates the feasibility of supporting three

representative bibliographic identifiers within the currently

proposed URN framework and syntax.

Note that this document does not purport to define the "official"

standard way of moving these bibliographic identifiers into URNs; it

merely demonstrates feasibility. It has not been developed in

consultation with these standards bodies and maintenance agencies

that oversee the existing bibliographic identifiers. Any actual

Internet standard for encoding these bibliographic identifiers as

URNs will need to be developed in consultation with the responsible

standards bodies and maintenance agencies.

In addition, there are several open questions with regard to the

management and registry of Namespace Identifiers (NIDs) for URNs.

For purposes of illustration, we have used the three NIDs "ISBN",

"ISSN" an...