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Re: National Identification Number URIs ( NIN URIs )

From: Hugh Glaser <hg@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 01:33:06 +0000
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, Aldo Bucchi <aldo.bucchi@gmail.com>
CC: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
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On 08/03/2010 01:15, "Kingsley Idehen" <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:

> Aldo Bucchi wrote:
>> Hi,
>> All countries have a National Identification Number scheme ( NIN ).
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_identification_number
>> Also, all countries have code points in different schemes.
>> So, can't we combine both to create a de-facto URI for people based on
>> country ids?
>> For example: http://dbpedia.org/nin/cl/14168212
>> That would be me based on my Chilean NIN.
>> Is there some namespace for this already?
> Don't use DBpedia namespace in this manner.
> Why not encourage people to do this:
> urn:country.person.id.{national-id}
Although superficially a nice idea, for me the answer to your question would
be that it would not longer be Linked Data.
Design Issue Number 2 (http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html) says:
"Use HTTP URIs so that people can look up those names."
I wholeheartedly agree with this statement.
doi, urn suck.
It is hard to work out what they mean (resolve), and even if I can it is not
a distributed (web) system.

But I do agree that subverting dbpedia for this would not be a good thing to

Maybe okkam or another project/company wants to step into the gap?

> The data can then live in an RDF store that can make de-referencable
> URIs via re-write rules when it comes to the Linked Data publishing.
> This also means the data can ultimately live in a place controlled by
> the Chilean govt. without much hassle, when its ready etc..
>> When you have real world problems, like we have now in Chile, it is
>> simple solutions like these that would make integration easier.
> Yes, but do it right from the onset as per tip above :-)
> Kingsley
>> For example, we have assigned a NS for chilean IDs. But some of the
>> missing people here are tourists and we the only IFP we have is their
>> national ID ( not emails ).
>> Thx,
>> A
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