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	Title		: The ARK Persistent Identifier Scheme
	Author(s)	: J. Kunze
	Filename	: draft-kunze-ark-00.txt
	Pages		: 19
	Date		: 27-Feb-01
	
This document introduces the ARK (Archival Resource Key) scheme for
persistent naming, describes the ARK syntax, and shows how ARK
services work.  These services are defined, for now, over the HTTP
protocol, given its current reign in networked information retrieval.
The first step is to make an ARK actionable by giving it a
semantically inert (for identity comparison) hostport combination as
a prefix.  This requires discovering a Name Mapping Authority (an ARK
service provider) based on the Name Assigning Authority that created
the ARK.

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