Network Working Group                                       Sang-ug Kang
Internet-Draft                           National Computerization Agency
Category: Informational                                        July 2004

      Using Universal Content Identifier as Uniform Resource Names

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   This document describes a Uniform Resource Name (URN) namespace for
   the National Computerization Agency (NCA) for naming persistent
   digital resources such as musics, videos, texts, images, e-books and
   other types of digital resources produced or managed by NCA.

1. Introduction

   NCA is a non-profit organization with a mandate to develop and
   promote information infrastructure and manage public digital
   contents in Korea and possibly worldwide.

   NCA has been supervising digitalization projects with various
   organizations. The contents involved in such projects include
   millions of technical papers, cultural properties, educational
   materials, scientific research reports. Those organizations manage
   the digital contents in a standardized way set by NCA and provide
   users with various content services via internet.

   NCA wishes to issue globally unique and persistent IDs to digital
   resources and assign relevant organizations as its registration
   agencies under Universal Content Identifier (UCI) scheme. It is
   beneficial for NCA, its registration agencies, and the value chain
   players in e-commerce, to have the UCI URN namespace, under which all
   the contents and components NCA produces and manages are digitally
   registered, identified and resolved.

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   NCA has been developing and operating the UCI system that provides
   registration, resolution, search, and administration functionalities.
   The functionalities are going to be added and modified once the use
   of UCI URN namespace is approved. NCA would like to assign unique,
   permanent, and location-independent names based on the URNs for the
   resources it produces or manages. See
   for more information on NCA.

   This namespace specification is for a formal namespace.

2. Specification Template

   Namespace ID:


   Registration Information:

      Registration Version Number: 1       Registration Date: 2004-07-xx

   Declared registrant of the namespace:

      Name       : Sang-ug Kang
      Affiliation: National Computerization Agency
      Address    : NCA Bldg. 77 Mookyo-Dong, Chung-Ku, Seoul, Korea
      Phone      : +82 (2) 2131-0443
      Email      : <>
      Web        : <> or <>

   Declaration of syntactic structure:

      The Namespace specific string of all URNs assigned by NCA conforms
      to the syntax defined in section 2.2. of RFC2141, "URN Syntax"[1].
      The syntax convention is described in the form of ABNF rules [2]
      as the following.

      UCI = prefix "-" instance *1(":" qualifier)

      prefix = 1*(alphaDigit) *1(":" 1*(alphaDigit))
               *1("+" 1*(alphaDigit))
      instance = 1*(trans / "%" HEXDIG HEXDIG)
      qualifier = head 1*(alphaDigit) *2("-" head 1*(alphaDigit))
      trans = alphaDigit / other / reserved
      alphaDigit = ALPHA / DIGIT
      head = "C" / "R" / "F"
      other = "(" / ")" / "+" / "," / "-" / "." / "=" / "@" /
              ";" / "$" / "_" / "!" / "*" / "'"
      reserved = "%" / "/" / "?" / "#"

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      The UCI identifier consists of two parts : prefix code and
      content code. The content code is also divided into instance code
      and qualifier code which is optional. A prefix code is given to a
      registration agency, subordinate registration agency, and/or its
      registrants such as 'G3000+music', 'I600', 'I500+paper' and so
      forth. A content code is issued to each individual digital
      resource such as 'cii90007', '8987409' and so on.

   Relevant ancillary documentation:


   Identifier uniqueness considerations:

      It is the responsibility of registration authority, or NCA, to
      guarantee the uniqueness of identifiers and the names of
      subordinate naming authorities. For example, a
      software tool developed and used by NCA checks if a UCI identifier
      is being reassigned and verifies that it is assigned to at most
      one resource, during the registration process.

   Identifier persistence considerations:

      Registration Agencies are all eligible to maintain the usability
      of the UCI URNs for a reasonably long period. As a government
      sponsored organization, NCA will operate a backup service and
      make an effort to find a substitute in case a registration agency
      becomes out of operation.

   Process of identifier assignment:

      Assignment of UCI identifier is delegated to the registration
      agencies. NCA appoints UCI registration agencies and provides its
      namespace by assigning a unique registration agency code which is
      a part of NSS. Followed by the authorized namespace, each

      registration agency sets its own identifier scheme that conforms
      to the UCI syntactic structure.

      An UCI for a digital resource is issued by the registration agency,
      upon a request of a regitrant. The following is an example

      e.g., urn:uci:I700-2987098

      where, I700 is a registration agency code and 2987098 is an
      identifier assigned to a digital content.

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   Process for identifier resolution:

      Resolution is controlled by NCA and its delegatees. The list of
      UCI registration agency codes is maintained by the regitration
      authority. Each registration agency maintains the list of
      subordinate registrant codes and identifiers registered to the
      registration agency.

      Identifier resolution steps are as follows.

      - (Step1)Global resolution : NCA resolves which RA is dealing with
        the associated resource by parsing the registration agency code
        of the UCI.
      - (Step2) Local resolution : The corresponding RA parses and
        resolves the rest of the identifier

      The global resolution is performed by UCI resolution server that
      is open to public. (Currently
      {UCI identifier} will give you resolution results.)

   Rules for Lexical Equivalence:

      The "prefix" is case-insensitive. So there will not be two
      registration agencies whose names differ only in case.

         urn:uci:{prefix code}:

      is case-insensitive for matches. Remainder of the identifier is

   Conformance with URN Syntax:

      The UCI syntax fully conforms to RFC2141 syntax rules for both NSS
      and NID.

   Validation mechanism:

      Valid list of prefix code will be available via both on-line and
      off-line upon request. The validity of the rest of identifier can
      be offered via on-line service. (Currently at http://rootadmin.{UCI identifier} by typing a query UCI identifier)



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3. Security Considerations

   There are no additional security considerations beyond those
   normally associated with the use and resolution of URNs in general.

4.  Namespace Considerations

   The Korean government has been funding the UCI project with the
   vision that it will be an essential component in realizing
   interoperability of digital contents owned by individual institutes
   and organizations. The resolution service provided by NCA and its
   registration agencies via networks will play a central role in
   achieving such a goal. Moreover, the resolution service is open to
   the public without discrimination.

   The assignment and use of identifiers is performed according to the
   rules established by NCA. It abides by the URN requirements and
   syntax. Within a UCI namespace, a registration agency manages
   subordinate namespaces and maintains the metadata of digital

   For making the service available to the public, a global resolution
   service is run by NCA through a service server and local resolution
   service is provided by the corresponding registration agency.

5.  Community Considerations

   The assignment and use of identifiers within the namespace are open
   and the related rule is established by NCA. Registration agencies
   are evaluated and selected fairly and shall have the responsibility
   for processing registrant's requests for registering digital
   contents. Registration authority and registration agencies shall
   operate resolution servers for UCI namespace and subordinate
   namespaces, respectively. Digital content users can access to the
   resolution servers to fetch resolution results. The reference
   software is developed and resolution servers are now in operation.

6.  IANA Considerations

   This document requests the registration of the "UCI" namespace in
   the IANA registry of URN NIDs.

7.  Normative References

   [1]  Moats, R., "URN Syntax", RFC 2141, May 1997.

   [2]  Crocker, D. and P. Overell, "Augmented BNF for Syntax
        Specifications: ABNF", RFC 2234, November 1997.

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   [3]  Daigle, L., van Gulik, D., Iannella, R. and P. Faltstrom, "URN
        Namespace Definition Mechanisms", BCP 33, RFC 2611, June 1999.

8.  Authors' Addresses

   Kang, Sang-ug
   NCA Bldg. 77 Mookyo-Dong,
   Joong-Ku, Seoul,

   Phone: 82-2-2131-0443

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