NDN Technical Memo: Naming Conventions

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NDN Technical Memo: Naming Conventions

NDN, Technical Report
by NDN Project Team

This document describes the NDN naming conventions that gradually evolved during the past years of NDN application development practice. We intend to revise and extends this document and the described conventions as we gain more understanding about requirements of NDN applications and their interactions with the components of the NDN architecture.

The aim of this document is to provide general guidelines for NDN application developers to design their application namespaces. The conventions described in this document are just recommendations, and it is up to the application developers to decide whether to follow these conventions or to override them with their own definitions. However, following the well-established conventions allows design of applications that are most efficient for NDN infrastructure to handle, less painful to debug, best understandable to end-users, and most interoperable with the other applications that follow the same conventions.

The conventions developed in this document are inspired by the CCNx Basic Naming Conventions specification. We added several changes to reflect our current understanding about the naming conventions based on the experience from application development.