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The NAAN Registry Working Group (WG) oversees the registry of institutions that have been given a Name Assigning Authority Number (NAAN), with which they can begin assigning ARKs. The work consists mostly of responding to requests for new NAANs, but also to requests for changes to existing NAANs. Effectively the WG is a team of volunteer curators whose work will be ongoing. Although the WG is not expected ever to be finished, composition of the curatorial team is expected to evolve year to year.


  1. NAAN maintenance. Create and refine processes that permit each NAAN request to receive a response within 48 hours (two business days).

  2. Policy. In consultation with the Advisory Group, develop policies for deciding which requests are appropriate for the ARK community. 

  3. N2T resolution support. The NAAN Registry is harvested regularly to supply vital redirection information to the N2T resolver. Work with the Technical WG to ensure stable, error-free harvesting of registry information needed for continuous and reliable resolution.


  • Kickoff: clarify objectives and decide whether to meet regularly (eg, once a quarter) or on an ad hoc basis

  • Create a policy document


  • A private github repository for maintaining the master registry (private because it contains personally identifiable contact information)

  • A public repository to host the official public registry and derivative files.

  • The NAAN Request form: 
  • The N2T resolver:

  • The Advisory Group and the Technical WG

  • General WG features common across ARKA working groups

Roles and Responsibilities

The Duty period starts when the monthly WG meeting begins and it ends when the next monthly meeting begins.

Duty Curators – Primary and Secondary

Responsibilities of the Primary or, if unavailable, the Secondary:

  1. Handle NAAN requests that arrive during the Duty period.
  2. About one week before the Duty period ends, prepare to facilitate the next monthly meeting by creating a draft agenda and sending a reminder to the WG.
  3. Facilitate the monthly meeting at the end of the Duty period and be responsible for the meeting notes.
  4. At that meeting make sure the Duty Curator schedule is filled out at least two months ahead.
  5. “Pass the baton” to the new Primary and Secondary at the monthly meeting (new).

Chair and vice-chair provide continuity


  1. Manage googlegroup email list, lyrasis wiki accounts, and calendar invitations
  2. Be available as needed to the ARKA Advisory Group

Duty Roster

The roster below indicates a primary and a backup curator on duty for a given period of time. The duties are (a) to respond to incoming NAAN requests within 2 business days and (b) to facilitate any NAAN working group meeting that falls in that time period. Here is the curator checklist to follow for responding to NAAN requests; note that unless you have an unexpired cookie, you may have to re-authenticate at github to avoid what looks like a 404 error (a security "feature", not a bug :) for private repos.

April 2021BertrandJohn
May 2021Aurélien / ChloéJohn
June 2021BrianJohn
July 2021BrianAurélien / Chloé
August 2021MariaJohn
SeptemberJohn (to Sept 7)/BertrandJohn
January 2022Brian to Jan 10, then DavidJohn
May 1 - May 18BrianMaria
May 19 - June 15AurélienRomuald
June 16 - July 20David Bertrand
July 21 - Aug 17MariaJohn
Aug 18 - Sep 21JohnBrian
Sep 22 - Oct 19RomualdAurélien
Oct 20 - Nov 16BertrandMaria
Nov 17 - Dec 21ChloéAurélien
Dec 22 - Jan 18JohnBrian
Jan 19 - Feb 15BrianJohn
Feb 16 - Mar 15AurélienChloé
Mar 16 - Apr 19BertandMaria
Apr 20 - May 17RomualdBrian
May 18 - Jun 21ChloéAurélien

Working Group Members

Meeting Times

Teleconferences are 9am San Francisco time on the third Wednesday of each month. Connection details included in calendar invitations.

Communication Channels

Because this group handles personally identifiable information (PII), while anyone can send email to, the discussion archives at!forum/naan-registrar are closed except to group members.

Agendas and Notes

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