ARKs – popular and easy to use
The Archival Resource Keys (ARKs) are identifiers dedicated to link in a persistent manner to resources of all types – digitized documents and objects, (scientific) publications, genealogical records, museum specimens, educational resources, authors and scholars, and even abstract concepts.
The ARK’s main objective is to provide identifiers tailored to the needs of data producers on the web and designed to ensure continuous access to the information in question. Its success is no surprise: more than 500 registered organizations have created at least 3.2 billion ARKs. They are found in the digital collections of the National Library of Luxembourg (BnL), in Wikipedia articles and Wikidata entries, and in the collections of the Internet Archive. In the near future, the National Archives (ANLux) will also adopt the ARK format.
The ARKs introduce themselves
In short, the ARKs base themselves on the following principles