The Network Solutions Personal Internet Name (PIN): A URN Namespace for People and Organizations (RFC3043)
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-14
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This document describes a Uniform Resource Name (URN) namespace that is engineered by Network Solutions, Inc. for naming people and organizations. This memo provides information for the Internet community.
Network Working Group M. Mealling Request for Comments: 3043 Network Solutions, Inc. Category: Informational January 2001
The Network Solutions Personal Internet Name (PIN): A URN Namespace for People and Organizations
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.
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This document describes a Uniform Resource Name (URN) namespace that is engineered by Network Solutions, Inc. for naming people and organizations.
In many cases Network Solutions’ maintained directory applications require some unique and persistent way to talk about an individual or organization. For example, white pages style services need to determine if one entry is distinct from another even if some of the data happens to be the same. Also, e-commerce authentication mechanisms needs to identify a user and/or company uniquely and possibly over large spans of time. In many cases a customer relationship can last several decades. Such long term customer relationships can outlast any specific email address, Internet service provider, surname, or possibly even the DNS itself.
The intent for these applications is that they be used and integrated into other, non-NSI maintained applications in much the same way that domain-names that exist in Network Solution’s database are primarily used in application that Network Solutions is _not_ involved in. In much the same way that ISBNs are maintained by specific entities but used in widely varying applications, NSI’s PIN namespace is intended to be used in many applications where there is a need for a well maintained identifier that names a person or organization.
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RFC 3043 NSI PIN URN Namespace January 2001
A URN namespace is uniquely suited to solve the persistent identification needs of these applications since they are also required to be unique and persistent. The availability of a standardized resolution mechanism makes it possible for other applications to reference and resolve PIN URNs in their own systems in an open, non-proprietary way.
This namespace specification is for a formal namespace.
2. Specification Template
Registration Version Number: 1 Registration Date: 2000-09-30
Declared registrant of the namespace:
Network Solutions 505 Huntmar Park Drive Herndon, VA 22070
Declaration of structure:
The structure of the NSS is a flat space of alphanumeric characters which have no knowable structure outside of the context of Network Solutions internal resolver. Future changes to the assignment methods may allow others to assign sub-spaces of the flat namespace but again, this knowledge is only valid internally and should never be inferred or relied upon externally.
Relevant ancillary documentation: