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Re: URNs for personal documents?

From: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 14:09:04 -0500
Message-Id: <p06110405c047506c7dee@[]>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, "Felix E. Klee" <felix.klee@inka.de>
Cc: uri@w3.org

At 1:18 PM -0500 3/22/06, Sandro Hawke wrote:
>  > I'd like to assign URNs to some of my personal documents, for easy cross
>>  referencing and for learning about the URN system.
>>  Some questions:
>>  * Is there are Namespace Identifier to be used for that purpose (e.g.
>>    "personal_document")?
>>  * How do I make sure that the Namespace Specific Strings are unique?  By
>>    choosing random personalized strings similar to Message IDs in emails?
>>  * What database should I use to map URNs to actual document locations on
>>    my hard disk?
>>  * Is there some recommended way to tag a text document with a URN? (I
>>    guess not)
>>  Note that, of course, I could just go ahead, add tags to my documents
>>  whose structure I made up, use a simple text based database to map
>>  these tags to documents, and write a little script that tells me the
>>  location of a file given a tag.  However, I'd like to know how to do it
>>  the "URN way".

See if you can catch up with David F. Brailsford or at least his TUG paper
from 2002:


This, of course, will inevitably lead you to DOI as well.



>I suggest:
>    1. Imagine that some day you'll want these documents to be
>       available on the web.   What address would be good for
>       them if they were?  Maybe something like
>       http://felix-klee.org/2006/03/doc42 ?
>       Invest in the domain name.
>       Then use that kind of URL as the tag, knowing that it's likely
>       to be still useful long after your current hard-drive is gone,
>       and you'll have moved some of the documents to your web server.
>    2. If you can't bring yourself to do that, use tag URIs.  See
>       taguri.org.
>Just my not-so-humble opinion.  :-)
>      -- Sandro
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