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Re: Unique ID options

From: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 10:12:07 -0800
Message-Id: <F31348B4-25B6-4900-A888-162691170876@gmail.com>
To: public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org

On Jan 29, 2007, at 5:38 AM, samwald@gmx.at wrote:

>> I have seen some references how UUID can be used in a URN. But can  
>> they be URI:s as well?
>
> URNs are a subclass of URIs. They can be used in any place where  
> URIs can be used, e.g. in any RDF graph. Is there a reason why you  
> would like to see a non-URN URI scheme for UUIDs? There exists an  
> RFC for the encoding of UUIDs in URNs, so it is probably a good  
> choice to stick with that:
> http://ietf.org/rfc/rfc4122.txt

Minting new URNs is not considered a great idea. Inevitably people  
seem to want to dereference them and this leads to a proliferation of  
different (with non machine understandable specification) resolution  
schemes and associated costs for deployment. I'd recommend avoiding  
them in favor of URIs.

Regards,
Alan
Received on Monday, 29 January 2007 18:13:19 UTC

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