Brief Bio   (extended bio here)

John Kunze is an Identifier Systems Architect at the California Digital Library. With a background in computer science and mathematics, he wrote BSD Unix software that comes pre-installed with Mac and Linux systems. He created the ARK identifier scheme, the scheme-agnostic resolver (which redirects over 600 kinds of "compact identifier"), and contributed heavily to Internet standards for URLs (RFC1736, RFC1625, RFC2056), archiving (BagIt - RFC8493), web archiving (WARC), and Dublin Core metadata (RFC2413, RFC2731, ANSI/NISO Z39.85). His influential specs and tools for digital repository microservices include Pairtree, Namaste, ReDD, oxum, ERC/ANVL, TEMPER, and THUMP. Follow-on work in metadata includes creation of the Dublin Kernel and His current professional focus is the ARK Alliance (

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John A. Kunze         Selected Presentations
University of California Office of the President
California Digital Library
1111 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607       USA
Twitter: @jakkbl