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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


Duty Roster (draft)

April 2021BertrandJohn
May 2021BrianJohn
June 2021AurélienJohn
July 2021MariaJohn

Working Group Members

  • Bertrand Caron, BnF (curator)
  • aurélien conraux, French Interministerial Archives (curator)
  • Chloé Pochon, intern with Aurélien, École des Chartes
  • Brian McBride, University of Utah (curator)
  • John Kunze, California Digital Library (curator)
  • Stéphane Jermini, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland
  • Kurt Ewoldsen, California Digital Library (advisor)
  • Maria Gould, California Digital Library (advisor)

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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