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ACTION-402 Summarize JAR's message to HT re HTTP-based naming and put on the agenda

From: Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 16:07:35 -0400
Message-ID: <760bcb2a1003171307x17ca9e45h53a0c9589e8fdef7@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-tag@w3.org
Per ACTION-402 Summarize JAR's message to HT re HTTP-based naming and
put [its topic?] on the agenda

Re ISSUE-50 URNsAndRegistries, Henry and I wanted to talk about the
issue of trust in URIs. The particular way in which binding and
resolution are linked in http: space leads to a certain degree of
mistrust because it creates single points of administrative failure
("the frailty of human institutions"). For example, an archivist,
librarian, or court would never allow a URI to stand by itself as a
reference, but would allow other forms of reference to stand. The
residual mistrust and single point of failure have always seemed
inevitable (this has been the central argument of the ISSUE-50 draft
documents), but the fact that society *has* created conventions of
reference that are highly trusted, lack SPFs, and are resolvable
(after a fashion) suggests that maybe they are not inevitable. We
wanted to present some ideas along these lines and consider how one
might create a useable, trustworthy naming system in URI space (maybe
even in http: URI space).

Jonathan
Received on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 20:08:12 GMT

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