Draft: Universal Document Identifiers

timbl (Tim Berners-Lee)
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 92 17:22:44 GMT+0100
From: timbl (Tim Berners-Lee)
Message-id: <9202271622.AA09065@ nxoc01.cern.ch >
To: chi-arch@uccvms.bitnet, www-talk@nxoc01.cern.ch, wais-talk@think.com,
Subject: Draft: Universal Document Identifiers
Cc: Rare WG3 <rare-wg3@surfnet.nl>, nisi@merit.edu

An information universe on the [Inter]net requires a cannonical form  
for the name or address of a document.  Building on much previous  
network discussion, a draft discussion paper

	Universal Document Identifiers on the Network

 is now availableby anonymous FTp from node info.cern.ch as
	/pub/www/doc/udi1.ps   (or if desperate .txt)

or, to use its UDI, file://info.cern.ch/pub/www/doc/udi1.ps.
This describes an addressing scheme encompassing many objects on the  
network including archived files, news articles and groups, gopher
things, wais indexes, queries, and documents.

Comments are solicited.

A shorter paper on the requirements a universal hypertext system
such as WWW imposes on WAIS and x.500 protocols is
file://info.cern.ch/pub/www/doc/wais_x500_www.ps (or .txt)
is intended as input to the IETF wais/x500 BOF in March
(which I might be able to go to)


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