A Uniform Resource Name (URN) Formal Namespace for the New Zealand Government
RFC 4350

Document Type RFC - Informational (February 2006; No errata)
Was draft-hendrikx-wallis-urn-nzl (individual in app area)
Authors Ferry Hendrikx  , Colin Wallis 
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Network Working Group                                        F. Hendrikx
Request for Comments: 4350                                     C. Wallis
Category: Informational                           New Zealand Government
                                                           February 2006

            A Uniform Resource Name (URN) Formal Namespace
                     for the New Zealand Government

Status of This Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2006).


   This document describes a Uniform Resource Name (URN) Namespace
   Identification (NID)convention as prescribed by the World Wide Web
   Consortium (W3C) for identifying, naming, assigning, and managing
   persistent resources and XML artefacts for the New Zealand

1.  Introduction

   The New Zealand Government has already adopted XML as its primary
   means of storing and exchanging data.  The New Zealand Government
   publishes documents, schemas, and other government artefacts.

   The New Zealand Government now wishes to define a namespace
   convention and structure for its agencies by creating and managing
   globally unique, persistent, location-independent identifiers for
   their schema resources and XML artefacts.

   This is a natural extension of the development of the Dublin Core
   based New Zealand Government metadata standard (New Zealand
   Government Locator Service, or NZGLS) used by government agencies to
   create metadata and made operational to the public through an all-
   of-government portal.

   The New Zealand Government wishes to provide guidance on namespaces
   to its agencies so that they use a portion of the adopted namespace
   to minimise the risk of their creating different (and potentially
   conflicting) namespace structures.  This issue potentially extends to

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   data exchange beyond government into the private sector of New
   Zealand, thus placing the government under an obligation to provide
   guidance in the assignment and management of additional namespaces.

   The New Zealand Government wishes to register the country NID, NZL,
   with the Name Specific String (NSS) split into two parts; the first
   part being a specific sub-type <nz-specifier> and the second part as
   a <nz-specifier defined string>.

   As part of the URN structure, the New Zealand Government wishes to
   define and subsequently manage the "govt" specifier.  It will also
   assign additional specifiers requested by other New Zealand
   organisations in accordance with the rules and processes proposed

   The New Zealand Government hoped to make use of the two-letter
   Namespace Identifier (NID) combination for its ubiquitous country
   code, NZ.  But since there is as yet no process to register these
   (see RFC 3406 [1]) the government has opted to request its well-known
   alternative three-letter country code (see ISO 3166 [3]).

   This namespace specification requests a formal namespace (see [6] for
   more information about formal namespaces).

   Please note that this paper includes a discussion on the use of
   diacritic marks, in particular, Maori macrons.  Maori is an official
   language of New Zealand.  In recognition of the established practice
   of publishing RFCs for a global audience in ASCII text where
   diacritic marks are unable to be recognised, the text has been
   presented without macrons.

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2.  Specification Template

   Namespace ID:


   Registration Information:

      Version Number: 1
      Date: 2005-03-31

   Declared registrant of the namespace:

      State Services Commission
      New Zealand Government
      100 Molesworth Street
      New Zealand

      Email: e-GIF@ssc.govt.nz

   Declaration of structure:

      The identifier has a hierarchical structure as follows:

      urn:nzl:<nz-specifier>[:<nz-specifier defined string>]+

      + denotes one or more occurrences of nz-specifier defined strings
      all delimited by a colon.

      For example:


      The <nz-specifier> and <nz-specifier defined string> can comprise
      any UTF-8 characters compliant with URI syntax and must not
      contain the ":" character (see STD 66, RFC 3986 [2]).  The
      exclusion of the colon from the list of other characters means
      that the colon can only occur as a delimiter between string
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