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RE: Personal URI?

From: Sampo Syreeni <decoy@iki.fi>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 11:56:52 +0300 (EEST)
To: Peter Bruhn Andersen <bruhn.andersen@get2net.dk>
cc: RDF-interest <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.30.0208071146250.8127-100000@kruuna.Helsinki.FI>

On 2002-08-06, Peter Bruhn Andersen uttered to RDF-interest:

>I'm living in Denmark where we all have a unique "personal
>identification number" (PIN) and I did have some ideas about using the
>PIN as a URN.

It's the same throughout the Nordic countries, and I think such systems
are place in various European contries as well. US obviously doesn't have
it, and it will be a major political issue if one is instantiated.
Still, PINs are useful, and building a single namespace of PINs doesn't
seem like much of a problem. It's much like the way international account
numbers work, nowadays.

My idea was urn:pin:fin:1978:080978-0173. Country, first year of validity
and whatever the actual PIN is. Since each country has its own numbering
system, we will have to label by country code. Most PIN schemes are
constructed with compactness in mind, so they will wrap from time to time.
Hence, label by the year of issuance. Then the actual number. We might
think about squeezing out the redundancy (e.g.  "78" in the above is a
birthyear, "-" indicates the century and "3" is a checkdigit), but I don't
think this is actually worth the trouble.

>The PIN itself is not enough but the risk makes a majority of people
>unwilling to share it publicly.

<politics>Which is precisely why people should share any such semi-secure
numbers as widely as possible. To dilute their significance.</politics>

>The PIN is only given to people in Denmark. I would like to see a globally
>useful solution.

I cannot see why arbitrary URN's couldn't be used in those cases. I've
already given myself a tag-URI, but using a PIN one instead/in addition to
that would be nice, when possible.
Sampo Syreeni, aka decoy - mailto:decoy@iki.fi, tel:+358-50-5756111
student/math+cs/helsinki university, http://www.iki.fi/~decoy/front
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