I-D ACTION:draft-ietf-uri-urn-handles-00.txt

A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts 
directories. This draft is a work item of the Uniform Resource Identifiers 
Working Group of the IETF.                                                 

       Title     : The Handle System                                       
       Author(s) : W. Arms, D. Ely
       Filename  : draft-ietf-uri-urn-handles-00.txt
       Pages     : 16
       Date      : 06/26/1995

The Handle System provides identifiers for digital objects and other 
resources in distributed computer systems.  These identifiers are known as 
handles.  The system ensures that handles are unique and that they can be 
retained over long time periods.   Since the system makes no assumptions 
about the characteristics of the items that are identified, handles can be 
used in a wide variety of systems and applications.      

The handle system has the following components:  naming authorities, 
handle generators, the global handle server, local handle servers, 
caching handle servers, client software libraries, proxy servers, and 
administrative tools.  For reasons of performance and availability, 
the global, local, and caching servers are implemented as distributed 
systems comprising many server computers.  All components, except 
the local handle server, have been implemented and are available for 
general use by the research community.     

The handle system provides all the capabilities listed in RFC1737, 
K. Sollins, L. Masinter, "Functional Requirements for Uniform 
Resource Names", 12/20/1994.          

Internet-Drafts are available by anonymous FTP.  Login with the username
"anonymous" and a password of your e-mail address.  After logging in,
type "cd internet-drafts" and then
     "get draft-ietf-uri-urn-handles-00.txt".
A URL for the Internet-Draft is:
Internet-Drafts directories are located at:	
     o  Africa                                   
        Address:  ftp.is.co.za (	
     o  Europe                                   
        Address:  nic.nordu.net (	
        Address:  ftp.nis.garr.it (
     o  Pacific Rim                              
        Address:  munnari.oz.au (	
     o  US East Coast                            
        Address:  ds.internic.net (	
     o  US West Coast                            
        Address:  ftp.isi.edu (  	
Internet-Drafts are also available by mail.	
Send a message to:  mailserv@ds.internic.net. In the body type: 
     "FILE /internet-drafts/draft-ietf-uri-urn-handles-00.txt".
NOTE: The mail server at ds.internic.net can return the document in
      MIME-encoded form by using the "mpack" utility.  To use this
      feature, insert the command "ENCODING mime" before the "FILE"
      command.  To decode the response(s), you will need "munpack" or
      a MIME-compliant mail reader.  Different MIME-compliant mail readers
      exhibit different behavior, especially when dealing with
      "multipart" MIME messages (i.e., documents which have been split
      up into multiple messages), so check your local documentation on
      how to manipulate these messages.
For questions, please mail to Internet-Drafts@cnri.reston.va.us.

Below is the data which will enable a MIME compliant mail reader 
implementation to automatically retrieve the ASCII version
of the Internet-Draft.

Received on Wednesday, 28 June 1995 15:50:43 UTC