Terry Allen <>
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From: Terry Allen <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1993 21:34:54 PDT
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Subject: Registrar
Status: RO

Rob, I think you made things clear enough; it's just more complicated
than we had imagined, maybe necessarily so.

But there's still a problem with the number of URNs.  The UC Berkeley
library has 8 million volumes.  Say each of those vols has 1,000
paras, and each para gets a URN.  That's 8 billion URNs.  Can a
server system deal with that volume?  In a nutshell, does this
idea of URNs scale?

I don't have any objections to Registrar as an implementation of
URNs; I'm just trying to see how I would use it and what happens
as it develops.

Terry Allen  (
Editor, Digital Media Group
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
Sebastopol, Calif., 95472