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From: Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Denenberg, Ray
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2014 4:46 PM
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Subject: Re: [BIBFRAME] BibFrame and Linked Data: Identifiers

> What would be the benefit of representing an isbn as a urn if it doesn't resolve?

My understanding is that the URI magic in triplestores (and probably any other place this data gets put) is that URIs are compared as strings.  They have no particular value as URLs in that context.  URNs turn random identifiers into unique, namespace-defined, strings and work well in databases.

Ralph