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Using National Bibliography Numbers as Uniform Resource Names (RFC3188)

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Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-13
Document File: 14 page(s) / 28K

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J. Hakala: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document discusses how national bibliography numbers (persistent and unique identifiers assigned by the national libraries) can be supported within the URN (Uniform Resource Names) framework and the syntax for URNs defined in RFC 2141. Much of the discussion is based on the ideas expressed in RFC 2288.

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Network Working Group                                          J. Hakala

Request for Comments: 3188                   Helsinki University Library

Category: Informational                                     October 2001

                 Using National Bibliography Numbers 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 (2001).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document discusses how national bibliography numbers (persistent

   and unique identifiers assigned by the national libraries) can be

   supported within the URN (Uniform Resource Names) framework and the

   syntax for URNs defined in RFC 2141.  Much of the discussion is based

   on the ideas expressed in RFC 2288.

1. Introduction

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

   IETF working group 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.  RFC 2288

   [Lynch] investigated the feasibility of using three identifiers

   (ISBN, ISSN and SICI) as URNs.

   This document will analyse the usage of national bibliography numbers

   (NBNs) as URNs.  The need to extend analysis to new identifier

   systems was briefly discussed in RFC 2288 as well, with the following

   summary: "The issues involved in supporting those additional

   identifiers are anticipated to be broadly similar to those involved

   in supporting ISBNs, ISSNs, and SICIs".

Hakala                       Informational                      [Page 1]

RFC 3188      Using National Bibliography Numbers as URNs   October 2001

   A registration request for acquiring a Namespace Identifier (NID)

   "NBN" for national bibliography numbers has been written by the

   National Library of Finland on the request of the Conference of

   Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) and the Conference of the

   European National Librarians (CENL).  Chapter 5 contains a URN

   namespace registration request modeled according to the template in

   RFC 2611.

   The document at hand is part of a global co-operation of the national

   libraries to foster identification of electronic documents in general

   and utilisation of URNs in particular.  Some national libraries,

   including the national libraries of Finland, Norway and Sweden, are

   already assigning NBN-based URNs for electronic resources.

   We have used the URN Namespace Identifier "NBN" for the national

   bibliographic numbers in examples below.

2. Identification vs. Resolution

   As a rule the national bibliography numbers identify finite,

   manageably-sized objects, but these objects may still be large enough

   that resolution to a hierarchical system is appropriate.

   The materials identified by a national bibliography number may exist

   only in printed or other physical form, not electronically.  The best

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