[uf-discuss] format for identifiers?

David Osolkowski qidydl at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 11:09:22 PST 2005

I think the question might have been misread.  I understood the question to
be, "is there or should there be a microformat for indicating that something
IS an identifier", as opposed to "is there or should there be a microformat
FOR identifiers".  E.g. given the string "urn:isbn:<whatever>", indicating
that that string represents an identifier.

I would suggest that the point of the identifier is that it represents some
resource, and merely marking up a string as being an identifier doesn't
accomplish much without being able to dereference it and obtain the resource
it identifies.  Saying "urn:isbn:<whatever>" is an identifier doesn't do
much good; the point is that given that identifier, I can tell that it's
talking about a book and I can go obtain information about that book.  In
which case, a href="" comes to mind.  I think there's room for some debate

- David

On 11/23/05, Tantek Çelik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu> wrote:
> Hello C. Hudley, welcome to the list!
> On 11/23/05 9:54 AM, "C. Hudley" <chudley at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Has any work been done on a format for identifiers?  By "identifier" I
> > mean "some kind of arbitrary string that identifies the object at hand
> > in some system".  Examples of the kinds of identifiers that might be
> > in scope would be ISBNs for books, PMIDs for pubmed, node ids for
> > weblog entries, DOIs for journal articles, flickr ids for flickr
> > images, etc.
> Yes, this is a solved problem.
> See http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3986.txt
> AKA Uniform Resource Identifier (URI).
> Thanks,
> Tantek
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