Re: Datatypes with no (cool) URI

Hi David,

Yes, one could use URL shorteners and that's probably the only sane way 
to go but it's still not ideal because:

1. Both Bitly and Tinyurl come with "no guarantee of service" (and  a 
lot of tracking) - Google's is all wrapped up with their services 
too - not the kind of thing public administrations will be happy about 
using. Yves Lafon's is a pure shortener with no tracking 
of any kind but it's a one man project so, again, it won't be 'good 
enough' for public sector data.

2. Neither a shortened URL nor the long form tell a human reader a lot 
whereas something (non-standard I know) like urn:iso/iec:5218:2004 tells 
you that it's an ISO standard that a human can look up. The ISO 
catalogue URLs point to Web pages or PDFs available from those Web pages 
so you still need to be a human to get the information. The danger would 
be that a machine would look up the datatype URI and expect to get data 
back, not ISO's paywall :-)

So, not ideal, but still the best (practical) solution?

On 03/04/2012 15:38, David Booth wrote:
> On Tue, 2012-04-03 at 14:33 +0100, Phil Archer wrote:
>> [ . . . ] The actual URI for it is
>> (or rather, that's the page about the spec but that's a side issue for
>> now).
>> That URI is just horrible and certainly not a 'cool URI'. The Eurostat
>> one is no better.
>> Does the datatype URI have to resolve to anything (in theory no, but in
>> practice? Would a URN be appropriate?
> It's helpful to be able to click on the URI to figure out what exactly
> was meant.  How about just using a URI shortener, such as or


Phil Archer
W3C eGovernment
+44 (0)7887 767755

Received on Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:59:30 UTC