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Call for Participation in Permanent Identifier Community Group

W3C has launched the Permanent Identifier Community Group

The Permanent Identifier Community Group is responsible for shepherding the community-run website and services associated with the website. The goal of is to provide a permanent URL re-direction service for Web applications. These types of URLs are important for Linked Data applications, Vocabulary development, and other sorts of applications that need to utilize long-lived identifiers on the Web.

At the core of the community is a loose association of organizations including Digital Bazaar, 3 Round Stones, OpenLink Software, and Applied Testing and Technology, that have an agreement in place taking responsibility for co-manage the website and services. The agreement is setup such that various organizations can fail, lose interest, or be unavailable for long periods of time without impacting the overall operation and maintenance of the website.

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account.

This group was originally proposed on 2013-02-15 by Manu Sporny. The following people supported its creation: Manu Sporny, David Wood, Shane McCarron, David Lehn, Dave Longley, Luke Ruth, Kingsley Idehen, Jamies Leigh.

If you believe that there is an issue with this group that requires the attention of the W3C staff, please send us email on

Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team

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