[open-bibliography] URNs for National Bib Numbers

Deliot, Corine Corine.Deliot at bl.uk
Thu Dec 9 15:03:01 UTC 2010

Well, actually, what I had in mind when I wrote my initial post was the other circumstance mentioned by the rfc, which is "when a national library may also assign a trusted organisation(s) its own sub-namespace" and how we assign BNB numbers amongst all the legal deposit libraries (including NLS and NLW), etc. etc.

In any case, I was thinking too narrowly. I don't know if NLS and NLW assign their own NBNs (I will try and find out) but in any case they could potentially do so, so I think we need to split the national namespace just in case.

What I'd like to know though is if the format Open Bibliography is choosing for the (BL) bnb will constrain the BL in the future if/when we decide to implement our NBNs as URNs. This is something we've been discussing.

What is the benefit for Open Bibliography? You've already created an identifier for the resource based on the BNB.



Corine Deliot
Metadata Standards Analyst
The British Library
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ
e-mail: corine.deliot at bl.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: rxs at talisplatform.com [mailto:rxs at talisplatform.com] On Behalf Of Ross Singer
Sent: 2010-12-09 14:50
To: William Waites; List for Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data
Cc: Deliot, Corine
Subject: Re: [open-bibliography] URNs for National Bib Numbers

That said, "The British National Bibliography (BNB) records the
publishing activity of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland"

So, I guess maybe not.


On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Ross Singer <ross.singer at talis.com> wrote:
> NLW, as well, I would think.
> -Ross.
> On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 7:23 AM, William Waites <ww at river.styx.org> wrote:
>> * [2010-12-09 10:09:59 -0000] Deliot, Corine <Corine.Deliot at bl.uk> écrit:
>> ] There are no sub-namespaces in the GB landscape so we should follow the pattern below:
>> ] urn:nbn:{ISO 3166 code}-{NBN string}
>> NLS?
>> -w
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