URNs, Namespaces and Registries

Henry S. Thompson, David Orchard

Henry S. Thompson, David Orchard, URNs, Namespaces and Registries, World Wide Web Consortium, Draft TAG Finding, August 2006.

This finding addresses the questions "When should URNs or URIs with novel URI schemes be used to name information resources for the Web?" and "Should registries be provided for such identifiers?". The answers given are "Rarely if ever" and "Probably not". Common arguments in favor of such novel naming schemas are examined, and their properties compared with those of the existing http: URI scheme. Three case studies are then presented, illustrating how the http: URI scheme can be used to achieve many of the stated requirements for new URI schemes.


Keywords: URN (Uniform Resource Name)0.9;


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