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ARK Anatomy

An ARK is represented by a sequence of characters that contains the label, "ark:".  When embedded in a URL, it is preceded by the protocol  ("http://") and name of a service that provides support for that ARK. That service name, or the "Name Mapping Authority" (NMA), is mutable and replaceable, as neither the web server itself nor the current web protocols are expected to last longer than the identified objects. The immutable, globally unique identifier follows the "ark:" label. This includes a "Name Assigning Authority Number" (NAAN) identifying the naming organization, followed by the name that it assigns to the object.

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ARKs in Action – Inflections

* We regret that the examples in this section are temporarily broken.*

An ARK provides extra services above and beyond that of an ordinary URL. Instead of connecting to one thing, an ARK should connect to three things:

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