Scheme Specification for the pwid URI
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Internet Engineering Task Force                           E. Zierau, Ed.
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Intended status: Informational                          December 8, 2016
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                 Scheme Specification for the pwid URI
                    draft-pwid-uri-specification-00

Abstract

   This document specifies a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) for
   Persistent Web IDentifiers to web archives using the 'pwid' scheme
   name.  The purpose of the standard is to support general, global,
   sustainable, humanly readable and technology agnostic persistent web
   references that are not sufficiently covered by existing web
   reference practices.  Since only archived web can reach a degree of
   persistency.  The 'pwid' URI primarily aim at references into web
   archives.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Demonstrable, New, Long-Lived Utility . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Syntactic Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Well Defined  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Definition of Operations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   6.  Context of Use  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   7.  Internationalization and Character Encoding . . . . . . . . .   8
   8.  Scheme Name Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   9.  Interoperability Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   10. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   11. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   12. Clear Security and Privacy Considerations . . . . . . . . . .   9
   13. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     13.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     13.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10

1.  Introduction

   The motivation for defining a pwid URI scheme is the growing
   challenge of references to web resources, which are poorly supported
   in citation guidelines.  Citation guidelines generally don't cover
   general and persistent referencing techniques for web resources that
   are not registered by Persistent Identifier systems (like DOI [DOI]).
   However, an increasing number of references point to resources that
   only exist on the web.  Such web referencing is highly relevant and
   crucial for various research fields.  For example blogs that shows
   out to have a historical impact.

   Today there are different ways to refer to web references that are
   not registered:

   o  By specifying http/https address and the date it was visited

   o  Via Citation services - which constructs citation http/https
      addresses that are not following a general scheme and that will
      change or be lost in case the citation service change domain,
      service

   o  Via Web Archive http/https access addresses - which can only be
      used for open web archives.  Furthermore, Web archive http/https
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