LSID namespaces

Kevin Richards richardsk at LANDCARERESEARCH.CO.NZ
Mon Mar 20 20:51:40 CET 2006

I have added a few thoughts to the LSID namespaces wiki at

My thoughts in summary:

1. The LSID authority name should be controlled by the institution that "owns" the data being represented by the LSID
2. The authority part of the LSID should be to institution level or a project within that institution if the institution is large, conatins many projects or it is more practical to do so. See the LSID best practices guide at*
3. The authority name will most likely be the Internet domain name of the institution/project, or a subdomain of that. However it would be better to use generic project names (such as to aid persistence - ie the authority name will not forever refer to an institution that may no longer exist.
4. The namespace part of the LSID should be kept generic enough to cover the entire subject scope of the LSID data, eg "Fungi/Names", and not specific namespaces such as "Fungi/TCS"
5. External parties requiring to use/assign LSIDs that are maintined by another institute should use the FAN (foreign authority notification) mechanism built into the LSID framework, wherever possible. In cases where this is not practical, it would be best for the external party to request the assignment of LSIDs through the "owner" of the LSID authority.

Kevin Richards
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