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Once minted and publicized as being associated with a specific object, the ARK becomes a stable, unique, and compact reference that can be included in metadata records, databases, redirection tables, etc. It is often useful to generate and assign ARKs well before institutional commitment has been decided because it is easier than changing the original object identifier that may have been in long established use prior to that decision.

Please contact the CDL if send an email to SUPPORT-CDL-L@LISTSERV.UCOP.EDU if you are interested in generating and using ARKs for your information objects.