Network Working Group M. Mealling Request for Comments: 3043 Network Solutions, Inc. Category: Informational January 2001 The Network Solutions Personal Internet Name (PIN): A URN Namespace for People and Organizations Status of this Memo This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited. Copyright Notice Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2001). All Rights Reserved.
AbstractThis document describes a Uniform Resource Name (URN) namespace that is engineered by Network Solutions, Inc. for naming people and organizations.
A URN namespace is uniquely suited to solve the persistent identification needs of these applications since they are also required to be unique and persistent. The availability of a standardized resolution mechanism makes it possible for other applications to reference and resolve PIN URNs in their own systems in an open, non-proprietary way. This namespace specification is for a formal namespace.
elements. In either case, the system will compare the newly created identifier with all of the previous ones to ensure that it has not already been assigned. Identifier persistence considerations: The assignment process guarantees that names are not reassigned and that the binding between the name and the person or organization is permanent, regardless of any personal name changes, corporate restructuring, death or dissolution. Process of identifier assignment: Names are granted via Network Solutions proprietary registration procedures. Process of identifier resolution: PIN URNs are resolved via URN resolvers run by Network Solutions. Since a PIN URN identifies a person or organization, resolving a PIN URN will only be able to return information from an electronic proxy that is merely a representation of the actual person or organization being named. Rules for Lexical Equivalence: The entire URN is case-insensitive. Conformance with URN Syntax: There are no additional characters reserved. Validation mechanism: None additional to resolution specified Scope: Global
 Moats, R., "URN Syntax", RFC 2141, May 1997. http://www.netsol.com
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