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URNs - duri and tbd (was Re: Introduction to URIs .....)

From: Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress <rden@loc.gov>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 18:23:08 -0500
Message-ID: <045d01c97768$3a9a1390$18af938c@lib.loc.gov>
To: "Pat Hayes" <phayes@ihmc.us>, "Larry Masinter" <masinter@adobe.com>
Cc: "Drummond Reed" <drummond.reed@cordance.net>, "'Henry S. Thompson'" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>, <www-tag@w3.org>

From: "Pat Hayes" <phayes@ihmc.us>
> YES! The world needs tdb. If I knew how, I would do it myself.

The process of registering a URN namespace (both the application and 
approval process) is too heavyweight, too obscure, and  has always been a 
mystery to me. It certainly would be useful if someone could shed some light 
on it.

In the case at hand, duri and tbd, Larry's note references 
http://larry.masinter.net/duri.html  from which I infer that the last draft 
was in 2004.  What action has there been since then?

I'm at a loss to find anything authoritative (and I might not be looking in 
the right place), other than http://www.iana.org/assignments/urn-namespaces/ 
which is cryptic and does not look very official to me  (despite the "Note: 
This is the Official IANA Registry of URN Namespaces", which, as I recall, 
was added a few years ago, at my suggestion, because of my frustration 
trying to determine if the page was intended to be authoritative).

Under registration procedure it says:  "Registration Procedures: Two week 
review period on urn-nid discussion list, then First Come First Served". 
Aside from the fact that this makes no sense,  I took a look at the archive 
and there has been virtually no discussion on that list since its inception.

It would be nice if one of you, who understands  this process better than I 
do, could explain it.

And this problem is part of the reason that the 'info:' URI scheme was 
created.  http://info-uri.info/   Have you considered 'info:' for duri and 
tbd?

--Ray
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