The ARK Identifier Scheme is a joke

Answer by the British Library:

„“I think there may be some confusion about what an ARK is.

The use of ARK identifiers does not require participation in external ARK resolvers. Please see the specification for details but specifically, the discussion around the Name Mapping Authority Hostport (NMAH, 2.1)

As you can see from the site itself,, the British Library is not currently a partner in their project, and our ARKs cannot therefore resolve through it.”

A persistent identifier scheme accepting only local resolvers ist for me nothing but a joke.

About ARKs:

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Answer of the British Library regarding the not working BL-link of the London/Paris cooperative project:

„Please contact the site owner concerning broken links.

You may view the full manuscript on the British Library website at:„“

Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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