What is a URN?

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URN stands for Uniform Resource Name. URNs are location-independent pointers to a resource, which may be a single file or even different representations of the same content (e.g. a specific image in GIF, JPEG and PNG form). In most ways URNs can be used like URLs except that, when fetched, a smart browser should fetch them from the closest source. URNs and URLs are both types of Uniform Resource Identifiers, or URIs.

For more information read the following specifications: