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                              June 9, 2018
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            A Persistent Web IDentifier (PWID) URN Namespace
                    draft-pwid-urn-specification-02

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, global, sustainable, humanly readable, technology agnostic,
   persistent and precise web references for web materials in web
   archives in a way that can make them potentially resolvable.

   The PWID URN can assist in two ways: First, by providing potential
   resolvable precise and persistent reference scheme for web archive
   materials, which is not sufficiently covered by existing web
   reference practices and new suggested referencing methods.  Second,
   to specify web elements in web collections (also known as web corpus)
   even for collections where there are references to web elements in
   several archives.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Namespace Registration Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   4.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     4.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     4.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15

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 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.  This regards 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
      impact.  In order to obtain persistency for a reference, the
      target need to be stable.  As the live web is 'alive' and in

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      constant change, persistency can only be obtained by referring to
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