OASIS Mailing List ArchivesView the OASIS mailing list archive below
or browse/search using MarkMail.


Help: OASIS Mailing Lists Help | MarkMail Help

tm-pubsubj message

[Date Prev] | [Thread Prev] | [Thread Next] | [Date Next] -- [Date Index] | [Thread Index] | [List Home]

Subject: [Fwd: NISO-Sponsored INFO URI Scheme Published]


I don't normally forward stuff from other lists but thought this should 
be the rare exception. I have not had time to do more than scan the post 
itself but suspect members of our group will find it of interest.

Hope everyone is having a great day!


*****Forwarded post*****

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: NISO-Sponsored INFO URI Scheme Published
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 18:12:21 -0500
From: "Cynthia Hodgson" <chodgson@niso.org>
To: <NISO-L@list.niso.org> (NISO-L List)

NISO-Sponsored INFO URI Scheme is Information Gateway to
the Web

Publishing and Library Communities Join Forces to
Facilitate and Expedite Representation of Standard
Identifiers such as Library of Congress Control Numbers on
the Web

Working under the auspices of the National Information
Standards Organization (NISO), a joint task force of the
publishing and library communities has developed and
published a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme aimed
at the identification of information assets.  Information
assets should be interpreted rather broadly to include,
for example, documents and terms from classification
schemes.  The INFO URI scheme is a consistent and reliable
way to represent and reference such standard identifiers
as Dewey Decimal Classifications on the Web so that these
identifiers can be "read" and understood by Web
applications.  Led by four NISO members and associates-Los
Alamos National Laboratory, Online Computer Library Center
(OCLC), Elsevier, and Manifest Solutions-the initiative
builds on earlier consultations with representatives from
the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Internet
Engineering Task Force (IETF). An Internet-Draft for the
INFO URI scheme was first published Sept. 25th, 2003 and a
revision published Dec. 5th, 2003 (see

Herbert Van de Sompel, Digital Library Research &
Prototyping at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's
Research Library, stated, "A good example of the problem
that the INFO URI scheme solves involves PubMed
identifiers: unique numbers assigned to records in the
PubMed database maintained by the National Center for
Biotechnology Information (NCBI) of the National Library
of Medicine.  PubMed identifiers originated prior to the
Web, so they are not URIs. As such they do not exist
naturally in the Web infrastructure because the Web only
recognizes URIs as a means to identify information
resources.  So Web applications cannot use PubMed
identifiers, and hence cannot reference PubMed records
that are identified by them.  The solution is to turn
PubMed identifiers into URIs.  The INFO Registry enables
the registration of public namespaces of standard
identifiers; NCBI registered its PubMed identifier
namespace under the INFO Registry-their namespace is
pmid-so we can now talk about the record with the PubMed
identifier '12376099' in URI terms as

"The goal of INFO is to act as a bridging mechanism to the
Web by providing a lightweight means for registering
public namespaces used for the identification of
information assets," said Tony Hammond, Advanced
Technology Group at Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of
scientific, technical and medical information products and
services.  "We see INFO as an enabling technology for the
library, publishing and media communities-a way to
facilitate and speed the growth of the Web as a truly
global information place beyond a basic document
repository. The Library of Congress, the National Library
of Medicine, and NASA are among those organizations that
have already registered public namespaces with the INFO

"There are different ways to represent these identifiers
on the Web," explained Pat Harris, NISO's Executive
Director, "but the INFO URI scheme really simplifies
matters. As a Web user, you aren't likely to see the
scheme in action on your screen-for example,
<info:lccn/2002022641>, because it's an under-the-hood way
of communicating the identity of an information asset to a
Web application."

The INFO Registry is now available online at
<http://info-uri.info/> for receiving new registrations.
This Registry contains all the information needed by Web
applications to make use of INFO namespaces. Each Registry
entry defines the namespace, the syntax, and normalization
rules for the representing INFO identifiers as URIs, and
gives full contact information for the namespace authority
for that entry. Moreover, the INFO Registry is readable by
both humans and machines alike.

For more information about the INFO URI scheme, see the
FAQ at
< http://info-uri.info/registry/docs/misc/faq.html >.

Cynthia Hodgson
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD  20814-5248
T. 301-654-2512, F. 301-654-1721

This message is sent to you because you are subscribed to
   the mailing list <NISO-L@list.niso.org>.
To unsubscribe, E-mail to: <NISO-L-off@list.niso.org>
To switch to the DIGEST mode, E-mail to <NISO-L-digest@list.niso.org>
To switch to the INDEX mode, E-mail to <NISO-L-index@list.niso.org>
Send administrative queries to  <NISO-L-request@list.niso.org>

Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!

[Date Prev] | [Thread Prev] | [Thread Next] | [Date Next] -- [Date Index] | [Thread Index] | [List Home]