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Subject: RE: [oasis-member-discuss] OASIS namespace documents for URN namespaces

The OASIS TAB has published guidelines for namespace URIs (amongst other subjects related to
metadata) here:

These guidelines include recommendation that namespace URIs be HTTP scheme URIs and that there
be a published RDDL document at the namespace URI location. URNs are permitted for use, but HTTP
scheme URIs are preferred/recommended since they can be resolved without additional machinery. Note
that OASIS hs no plans to implement such a resolution mechanism:

An example of these guidelines in action can be found with the WS-RX TC's WS-RM namespace URI:

Frankly, I don't personally see any material benefit to use of a URN scheme namespace. I suspect that
some believe that by using a URN, they have created a 'permanent identifier'. Well, frankly, there is no
reason why an HTTP scheme URI cannot be 'permanent'. It isn't as if OASIS is going to drop off the face of
the earth anytime soon.


Christopher Ferris
STSM, Software Group Standards Strategy
email: chrisfer@us.ibm.com
blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/chrisferris
phone: +1 508 234 2986

"Peter F Brown" <peter@pensive.eu> wrote on 06/18/2007 09:43:24 AM:

> Paul:
> I think the objective is laudable but I don't see the point of the
> "http://www.oasis-open.org/namespace?ns=" part of the statement. Surely,
> if some application wants to do something with the "pure" (and on its
> own non-deferenceable) urn, then surely it will ba equipped to make that
> call using http get or whatever.
> By effectively tying a namespace to a derefereceable network endpoint
> and to specific and prescribed dereferencing mechanism, is there not a
> danger that you:
> - either limit what can be legitimately found at the network endpoint to
> an RDDL file only, cutting out other possible uses of the namespace;
> - or creating false expectations and possible architectural problems
> when unpredictable results come from finding something other than a RDDL
> document at the end of the pipe.
> On the other hand, I'd be in favour of a mechanism by which RDDL
> documents, when available, can be accessed using a prescribed OASIS
> managed URL to which you would tack the namespace urn.
> Regards,
> Peter
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Denning [mailto:pauld@mitre.org]
> Sent: 30 May 2007 18:45
> To: oasis-member-discuss@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [oasis-member-discuss] OASIS namespace documents for URN
> namespaces
> Some OASIS TC's use an HTTP URI when they define an XML
> Namespace.  Some TC's have started using RDDL as a namespace document
> when these namespace URI's are dereferenced using HTTP GET.
> Other OASIS TC's use URN's to identify their XML Namespace.
> I suggest that OASIS provide a mechanism to resolve a namespace
> document (RDDL or other) using HTTP and passing in the namespace URN
> in a query parameter.
> For example,
> http://www.oasis-open.org/namespace?ns=urn:oasis:names:tc:emergency:EDXL
> :DE:1.0
> would return a RDDL document associated with the EDXL-DE namespace.
> Paul

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