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Karen,

The desire for policy and procedures is one that we share.

As Jeff says, we (OCLC Research) agreed to provide the technical
infrastructure for the registry. We do this on behalf of NISO under whose
auspices this initiative is taking place. To date the authors of the draft
have acted as the committee.

We have raised the need to put in place a policy and administrative
framework with NISO and look forward to working with whatever emerges from
their deliberations.

Lorcan


Lorcan Dempsey
VP, Research, OCLC
http://www.oclc.org/research
http://errol.oclc.org/laf/n90-602202.html

-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Coyle [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 6:20 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [MODS] info:xv proposal

Yes, thanks, Jeff. I just got further news: There is a 3rd Internet Draft
(it was the 2nd one that had expired) and it looks like it will be approved
by the IETF. New entries are indeed going into the registry, but the process
at this point is rather informal. I'm making a case for clear policies and
procedures because I think it's important that info develops into a useful
tool, not a clutter.  Administering that will be a challenging task. I'm not
surprised there isn't a long queue of volunteers!

kc

On Thu, 2004-10-21 at 11:25, Young,Jeff wrote:
> Sorry I didn't chime in sooner. I've been on vacation.
>
> I administer the "info" URI registry, but I'm not on the committee.
> There is indeed some concern about who will eventually take
> responsibility for vetting new registrations. In the mean time,
> though, I believe the committee will still accept new "info" URI
registrations.
>
> Jeff
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Karen Coyle [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 1:49 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [MODS] info:xv proposal
> >
> > On Thu, 2004-10-21 at 08:49, Andrew E Switala wrote:
> >
> > >
> > >     Quite.  info URIs don't appear to have any benefit *beyond*
> > > keeping RDF folks happy (disclaimer: I'm not an RDF folk either).
> > >
> >
> > Actually, I was somewhat present at the development of info, and it
> > didn't have anything to do with RDF. There had been attempts over
> > the years to define key identifiers, like the LCCN and the DOI, in
> > the IETF/IANA URN list. However, there were differences of opinion
> > as to what could be a URN, and it appears that because of these
> > differences no new URNs have been added for a while. (I'm telling
> > you what I HEARD, not what I KNOW.) The info URI makes it possible,
> > in a way, to create URNs without having to go through the URN
> > process. It came about during the standards process for the OpenURL.
> > The OpenURL was the first to use the registry format that info is
> > using. Since everything in the OpenURL registry needs to be
> > identified with a URN, we needed a URN for the various
> > library-related identifiers. So it had to do with the OpenURL registry
in terms of motivation.
> >
> > Note that info is NOT an approved URI. The draft has expired and no
> > action was taken by IETF (I thought a vote was expected last fall).
> > Also, as I had understood it, the info registry is not accepting new
> > entries because there isn't a registry agency nor a method of
> > managing the registry. The policy document proposes a series of
> > steps before entries are accepted into the registry, including an
> > internal review (no idea if anyone is doing this now), and a public
> > comment period. There is supposed to be a board for the registry,
> > which I don't think is in place. So the status of the registry is
> > somewhat vague to me at this point, and I'm not sure who's in charge.
> >
> > --
> > -------------------------------------
> > Karen Coyle
> > Digital Library Specialist
> > http://www.kcoyle.net
> > Ph: 510-540-7596 Fax: 510-848-3913
> > --------------------------------------
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Karen Coyle
Digital Library Specialist
http://www.kcoyle.net
Ph: 510-540-7596 Fax: 510-848-3913
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