On 7/18/14, 3:34 PM, Robert Sanderson
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This may be a question for Jeff ... must PURLs re-direct to a
non-PURL URL? - If so, then in any case one will need a conformant
non-PURL URL for the identifiers.
Or an HTTP space such as Jeff's suggested purl.org
Taking Ray's example “info:bibframe\publisherNumber\ 256A090” - that
could be expressed as "http://bibframe.org/publisherNumber/256A090".
I rather doubt that it makes sense to create a PURL for every
identifier value, although I like the idea that one could re-direct
to a more authoritative URL when the relevant agency actually
instantiates a URL form of the identifier scheme.
There's another issue, which is that the "identifiers" in the
records today aren't normalized. As Thomas Berger points out,
already the LCNA identifier has a different form when encoded in a
MARC: $a n 96055058
I suspect that Ray's publisher number example has been normalized.
Some of the schemes are quite awkward in form, using varying
and sometimes being multi-part, such as:
80-0-1524$bBibliothèque nationale du Québec
Some of us have the experience of developing search algorithms for
these identifiers, but search is considerably different from minting
a URI - to begin with, the usage of these in library systems does
not require them to be unique; occasionally two normalize to the
What I think we are forgetting here is how we use these various
codes and numbers. Essentially they are searched and displayed. In
the future we may be using them for linking. This means that if they
are "converted" to URLs, they will still need human-readable labels,
and some thought must be given to how (if?) they can be made
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