Re: URI Charter; also Stockholm agenda items

Ronald E. Daniel (
Thu, 25 May 1995 09:19:33 -0600

From: "Ronald E. Daniel" <>
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Date: Thu, 25 May 1995 09:19:33 -0600
In-Reply-To: Larry Masinter <>
To: Larry Masinter <>
Subject: Re: URI Charter; also Stockholm agenda items

Hi Larry,

Yes, the charter does need updating. I think there is a LOT of work to be
done within a "Uniform Resource Architecture" for the Internet. Leslie's
URA stuff, and the UR Pseudonym stuff that Michael has mentioned in
passing, are just a couple of examples of URIs that are yet to come.

A quick stab at a charter is included at the end of this message.

> At this point, I'm not sure what you the working group members
> realisticly expect to see progress on under what time schedule.  I've
> heard a call that we might have examined the multiple URN schemes by
> the July Stockholm meeting and evaluated them against various
> scenarios and the URN requirements, and that we might be able to
> choose among the various schemes by the December Dallas meeting and
> move one of the schemes to Proposed Standard.

This was the plan at Danvers. I am not sure how much has happened on
it lately. I have been remiss in not contacting the proposers of the
various other URN schemes and working more on the "stone soup party"
revision of the bakeoff, and have been putting my time into URC work

> I'm less certain whether the working group has a schedule about URC
> syntax, resolution methods, proposals and drafts.

I am preparing a draft for a URC specification that I would like to
present at Stockholm. I would appreciate about 20-30 minutes for that
if possible. The draft will probably be sent to the list by the middle
of June.

Also, Michael and I wanted to see the URC Scenarios and Requirements
draft moved along pretty soon. I have some stuff I still want to do
to it, but those changes will also be complete in time for Stockholm.
The latest revision of the draft should be sent to the list by the end
of June. Can I get about 10 minutes to talk about those changes?

> I would like to put onto the charter to revise the URL documents and
> move them to Draft Standard as they go along standards track, taking
> into account the comments of the IESG at the time they went to Draft
> Standard.

Seems reasonable.

Here is a quick hack of a charter revision:


The URI-WG is chartered to define a set of standards for the encoding of
system-independent resource identification, description, and location
information for the use of Internet information services.

The working group is expected to produce a set of documents that specify
standard represenations of Uniform Resource Names (URNs) for resource
identification, Uniform Resource Locations (URLs) for resource location,
Uniform Resource Characteristics (URCs) for resource description and the
resolution of URNs to URLs. The group will also review proposals and
produce standards for other Uniform Resource Identifiers as they are
suggested during the lifetime of the working group. Uniform Resource
Agents and Uniform Resource Pseudonyms are two classes of identifer that
have been suggested.

These standards will provide a framework that allows Internet users to
uniquely identify Internet resources and utilize them in applications
with appropriate levels of security.

Goals and Milestones

Review and approve the revised charter

Revise the URL document (RFC 1738) and move it to the next step on the
standards track (Draft standard?), taking into account the comments of the IESG
at the time they went to Draft Standard.

Revise the drafts on specific URL schemes (mailserver, finger, Z39.50, ...)
and submit them as proposed standards.

Develop a draft on how specific URL schemes are to be vetted once this
group has dissolved.

Review the competing URN proposals. Select one, or a combination of the
desirable portions of several, to go forward as a proposed

Revise the URC Scenarios and Requirements draft and submit it as an
informational RFC.

Review URC proposals and select one to go forward as a proposed standard.

Review the Uniform Resource Agents draft and recommend a course of
action for it.

Review other URI drafts, such as Uniform Resource Pseudonyms, and
recommend courses of action for them.

In a couple of years we may want to revisit the charter to see if it
needs another revision in light of Uniform Resource Architecture work.
Not sure if this should be in the charter.