A Persistent Web IDentifier (PWID) URN Namespace
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Internet Engineering Task Force                           E. Zierau, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                      Royal Danish Library
Intended status: Informational                             July 16, 2018
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            A Persistent Web IDentifier (PWID) URN Namespace
                    draft-pwid-urn-specification-03

Abstract

   This document specifies a Uniform Resource Name (URN) for Persistent
   Web IDentifiers to web material in web archives using the 'pwid'
   namespace identifier.  The purpose of the standard is to support
   general exact referencing method which includes support for
   references to archives with restricted access, for exact references
   to existing web material, and for exact specification of elements in
   a web corpus (possibly spanning over several web archives).  The PWID
   URN therefore offers a scheme to make references that are not
   currently supported.

   The PWID is designed for researchers and therefore it is designed as
   general, global, sustainable, humanly readable, technology agnostic,
   persistent and precise web references for web materials in web
   archives, and in a way that can make them potentially resolvable.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Namespace Registration Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   4.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     4.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     4.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18

1.  Introduction

   The purpose of the PWID URN is to represent general, global,
   sustainable, humanly readable, technology agnostic, persistent and
   precise web archive resource references in a way that;

   o  can be used for technical solutions e.g. to make them resolvable

   o  can cover references to all sorts of materials in web archives

   o  can cover references to materials from all sort of web archives

   The motivation for defining a PWID namespace is the growing challenge
   of references to archived web resources, which the PWID as a URN can
   assist in overcoming.  The standard is needed to address web
   materials meeting precision and persistency issues on par precision
   in with traditional references for analogue material.  Furthermore,
   it is needed in order to address web archive resources that are not
   freely available online.  The PWID URN covers both referencing of web
   resources from research papers and definition of web collection/
   corpus.  In detail the challenges are:

   o  Citation guidelines generally do not 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, e.g. blogs that turned out to have a historical

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      impact.  In order to obtain persistency for a reference, the
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