Re: Informal URN Namespace Registration Request

Peter Saint-Andre <peter@andyet.net> Tue, 17 November 2015 17:49 UTC

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Subject: Re: Informal URN Namespace Registration Request
To: Brendan McCollam <bmccollam@uchicago.edu>, urn-nid@apps.ietf.org
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On 11/17/15 10:18 AM, Brendan McCollam wrote:
> We were considering that. Unfortunately we're on a very tight schedule
> with release deadlines before 2016, and we thought that the informal
> registration process might proceed faster.

That is no doubt the case. We are trying to make the registration 
process easier all around but that work is proceeding very slowly 
because of wrangling over the non-registration aspects of URNs:

https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-ietf-urnbis-rfc2141bis-urn/

> Is there any process in place for "upgrading" an informal registration
> to a formal one at a later date?

No, you would need to register a new namespace. And upgrading from 
informal to formal (or more generally from one namespace identifier to 
another) is somewhat at odds with the philosophy that URNs are supposed 
to be permanent...

Peter

>
> Brendan
>
> On 11/17/2015 11:11 AM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
>> On 11/16/15 11:10 AM, Brendan McCollam wrote:
>>> Dear Sir or Madam:
>>>
>>> Please find attached our request for an Informal URN Namespace
>>> Registration, as detailed in RFC3406.
>>
>> Why not register urn:globus as a formal namespace? It seems strange
>> for all of the URNs to be of the form urn:urn-8:globus:*
>>
>> Peter
>>
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