Re: XDegrees and document addressability

From: Eric Armstrong (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 19:33:05 PST

URNs appear to be a concept that has been abandoned.
I haven't heard anything about them for a very long
time now.

Eugene Eric Kim wrote:
> On Thu, 22 Feb 2001, Lee Iverson wrote:
> > Well, this doesn't seem clearly that different from the URN proposals
> > that the IETF has been kicking around for years. And from the Product
> > Description document, it seems as if it's at the same level of
> > granularity as any other "file naming" system. Nowehere near granular
> > enough for our purposes (at least at first flush).
> >
> > Moreover, it sounds like their system is quite analogous to Gnutella
> > and the Ocean Store as far as object replication and distribution and
> > that's a huge can of worms to open when the data objects are not
> > themselves relatively static. I think its an important (eventual)
> > twist, but definitely not something we want to worry about at the
> > moment.
> I'm in no ways arguing that XDegrees is the right solution for what we're
> trying to do. My point is that we need to start thinking about
> addressability at the document level as well as at the granular level, and
> that they are equally hard and urgent problems.
> Are URNs the right solution? I'm not sure yet. I have many questions
> regarding the relationship between physical and logical locations of
> documents, and I don't know the URN spec well enough to know if those
> concerns are adequately addressed.
> -Eugene
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