Uniform Resource Identifiers (uri)

Charter Status: Concluded July, 1995

Chair(s): Larry Masinter

Description of Working Group:

The Uniform Resource Identifiers Working Group is chartered to define a set of standards for the encoding of system-independent resource location and identification information for the use of Internet information services.

This working group is expected to produce a set of documents that specify standard representations of Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) for encoding location and access information across multiple information systems, Unique Resource Serial Numbers (URSNs) which specify a standardized method for encoding unique resource identification information for Internet resources, and Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) which specify a standardized method for encoding combined resource identification and location information systems to be used for resource discovery and access systems in an Internet environment. Such standards are expected to build upon the document discussed at the UDI BOF session held during the 24th IETF meeting in Boston.

Such a set of standards will provide a framework that allows the Internet user to specify the location and access information for files and other resources on the Internet, users and network-based tools to uniquely identify specific resources on the Internet, and the creation and operation of resource discovery and access systems for the Internet. The security of such resource discovery services will also be considered to be an integral part of the work of this group.

Request for Comments:

  • RFC1736 Functional Requirements for Internet Resource Locators (Informational)
  • RFC1737 Functional Requirements for Uniform Resource Names (Informational)
  • RFC1738 Uniform Resource Locators (URL) (Proposed Standard)
  • RFC1808 Relative Uniform Resource Locators (Proposed Standard)
  • RFC2056 Uniform Resource Locators for Z39.50 (Proposed Standard)