Re: Problems and Opportunities at

For those interested in and the topic of persistent identifiers, I
just received the following notice from OCLC and There is a
new interface provided for maintaining PURLs again via their new home at
the Internet Archive...



We are writing to let you know about some changes to the administration
for the PURL redirection service. PURLs are persistent URLs, they provide a
permanent address for resources on the web. The PURL service has a new home
the Internet Archive.

The addresses for the PURL redirects will not change, they will continue to
hosted on

The operation of the service will remain the same with URL's
redirecting as before.

However this change brings with it a new interface for changing PURLs. User
management is now handled by the Internet Archive. We have created an
for you with the e-mail address <blocked>, but for security reasons it is
not possible to copy your old password.

Once you have reset your password you can make changes to your PURLs by

If you have any questions you can contact us by replying to this e-mail.

You will find  more information on the background to this move here:

>From the PURL team at the Internet Archive

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On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 12:30 PM, Ruth Duerr <> wrote:

> I don’t know about being able to port the stuff to; but
> I certainly wish that either:
> 1) OCLC starts seriously supporting the website and gets that
> admin interface back up and running since so many people use it
> 2) It gets ported to
> Ruth Duerr
> On Aug 23, 2016, at 6:57 AM, Shane McCarron <> wrote:
> Semi-resurrecting this thread.  Is there still interest in porting the
> stuff over to
> On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 5:19 AM, Thomas Baker <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 01, 2016 at 04:47:20PM +0000, Norman Gray wrote:
>> > >But I don't remember anyone offering us that
>> > >domain.
>> >
>> > My _impression_ was that OCLC was willing to pass on the
>> > domain, as well as the database contents, to a suitably constituted
>> > successor.  I got that impression because I believe the widely
>> > assumed goal is at least (b), and that wouldn't be possible without
>> > a bequest of the domain.
>> I have posted various updates to the Dublin Core community [1,2,3].  We
>> have not heard anything from OCLC about their plans directly, though Jon
>> Phipps noticed that the OCLC Bib PURL service was coming back online
>> [4].  Cynthia Whitacre of OCLC notes: "Since it was introduced, the
>> programming language in which it was written is no longer used for
>> current OCLC applications.  This has caused challenges as we looked for
>> a solution, but we believe we now have one" but directs users with
>> questions or concerns about itself to OCLC's Support Desk.
>> Tom
>> [1]
>> ARCHITECTURE&D=0&P=3711 (Nov 2015)
>> [2]
>> ARCHITECTURE&P=11997 (recent)
>> [3]
>> ARCHITECTURE&P=14384 (recent)
>> [4]
>> --
>> Tom Baker <>
> --
> Shane McCarron
> Managing Director, Applied Testing and Technology, Inc.

Received on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 20:03:48 UTC