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URNs vs. HTTP-URIs at CEUR-WS

From: Michael Schneider <schneid@fzi.de>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:26:33 +0100
Message-ID: <0EF30CAA69519C4CB91D01481AEA06A001A5C340@judith.fzi.de>
To: <semantic-web@w3.org>
Hi!

Here is something that makes me wonder:

CEUR-WS at

    http://ceur-ws.org


is a service for scientific workshops to publish their proceedings. The
complete workshop proceedings are freely available at HTTP-URIs such as

    http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-560


I consider this a good and stable URI scheme.

Now I find the following statement on the service's main page:

    27-Jan-2010: We have started to assign persistent 
    identifiers (URN) to published volumes. You can 
    resolve them either by installing URN Support 
    as a plug-in to your browser or use a web-based resolver, 
    e.g. http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0074-560-7 
    for Vol-560.

Does anyone have an idea what is the advantage of having this additional URN
scheme compared to the HTTP-URI scheme used so far (which is still valid, of
course). Do I miss something obvious?

Cheers,
Michael

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