[Esip-preserve] announcing ARK identifier discussion group

John A. Kunze jak at ucop.edu
Thu Jul 12 19:47:25 EDT 2012

The University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California
Digital Library (CDL) is pleased to announce the formation of the first
discussion group for ARKs (Archival Resource Keys) at


The group is intended as a public forum for people interested in sharing
with and learning from others about how ARKs have been or could be used
in identifier applications.

The forum is also intended as a mechanism for the CDL/UC3, in its role as
the ARK scheme maintenance agency, to seek community feedback on a number
of longer term issues and activities, including

    -  publishing the ARK specification as an Internet RFC,
    -  clarifying local and global resolution options, and
    -  understanding metadata retrieval in a linked data environment.

The number of institutions that have registered interest in assigning
ARKs [1], currently over 100, has grown steadily in ten years.  The ARK
scheme specification [2] was recently renewed as an Internet-Draft [3]
and has been stable since 2008.  A few small changes are expected before
proposing it as an Internet RFC.  We hope you will consider joining in
the discussion about these topics and others.


[1] http://www.cdlib.org/services/uc3/naan_table.html
[2] http://www.cdlib.org/services/uc3/arkspec.pdf
[3] http://www.ietf.org/id/draft-kunze-ark-16.txt

John A. Kunze             jak at ucop.edu              +1-510-987-9231
Associate Director, UC Curation Center,  California Digital Library
415 20th St, #406         skype:jeznuk       dot.ucop.edu/home/jak/
Oakland, CA  94612  USA                    University of California

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