The IETF Profile URI Registry
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Network Working Group                                       M. Lanthaler
Internet-Draft                                            April 03, 2013
Intended status: Informational
Expires: October 5, 2013

                     The IETF Profile URI Registry
                  draft-lanthaler-profile-registry-00

Abstract

   This document defines a registry for profile URIs and establishes an
   IETF URN Sub-namespace to be used in specifications standardizing
   profiles.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Registration Process  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   3.  Example Registration Request  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   4.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     5.1.  Profile URI Registry  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     5.2.  Initial Registry Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     5.3.  IETF URN Sub-Namespace Registration
           urn:ietf:params:profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   6.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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1.  Introduction

   Profiles, as defined by [RFC6906], can be used to signal support for
   additional semantics, such as constraints, conventions, extensions,
   or any other aspects that do not alter the basic media type
   semantics.  Profiles are identified by a URI and can thus be created
   without central coordination.

   Similarly to media types and link relation types it is, in some
   cases, beneficial to centrally manage profile URIs to ensure
   interoperability and decrease the coupling between clients and
   servers.  This allows the independent evolution of clients and
   servers as both are coupled to these central contracts instead of
   being coupled to each other.  Therefore, this document establishes an
   IANA registry of such profile URIs.  Furthermore, this document
   creates and registers an IETF URN Sub-namespace, as documented in
   [RFC3553], to be used for specifications standardizing profiles.  The
   new "profile" Sub-namespace is urn:ietf:params:profile and concrete
   profiles will be established underneath it.

2.  Registration Process

   All elements in this registry will require a URI in order to be
   registered.  If the registrant wishes to have a URI assigned, then a
   URN of the form

      urn:ietf:params:profile:<value>

   will be assigned where <value> is a suitable representation of the
   semantics being registered.

   The registration request for the urn:ietf:params:profile URN Sub-
   namespace can be found in Section 5.3.

3.  Example Registration Request

   The following is an example registration request for a URI underneath
   the urn:ietf:params:profile Sub-namespace.

   This is a request to IANA to please register the value "example" in
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