The Handle System

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (candidate for uribof WG)
Authors David Ely  , William Arms 
Last updated 1997-05-05
Stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Intended RFC status (None)
Expired & archived
plain text pdf htmlized bibtex
Stream WG state Call For Adoption By WG Issued
Document shepherd No shepherd assigned
IESG IESG state Expired
Consensus Boilerplate Unknown
Telechat date
Responsible AD (None)
Send notices to (None)

This Internet-Draft is no longer active. A copy of the expired Internet-Draft can be found at


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.


David Ely (
William Arms (

(Note: The e-mail addresses provided for the authors of this Internet-Draft may no longer be valid.)