The secure hash of a document can serve many of the functions of a name. It fails to suggest the topic of the document but so do many other naming schemes. Its great virtue is that it is easy to see if a document matches its name. The name is uniquely determined by the document and for practical purposes documents with different content have different names. It can only name an edition and not a work. Indeed the name is known only after the document is complete. I think that it could serve as an URN for immutable things. There can be no fights over who gets to use a name. If two people produce the same document then it should have the same name.

Here are a few ideas suggested by hash names:

After a decade of use by many people there might accumulate about a trillion emenda. This is not an onerous data base. The indexer of emenda can make money by selling access to the emenda and also perhaps by demanding $0.001 per emendum to add one to the permanent collection.

This fits well with the Data Bank.

Note that there is no problem with “counterfeit emenda” except as they clutter public indexes. Each emendum authenticates itself.

The simplest thing that I can think of to serve as the name of a mutable work is the public key of a key pair where the author of the work holds the corresponding private key. The private key is used to sign editions of the work. It might be strategic to have a convention to the effect that a particular edition supplants some other edition identified by secure hash.
This project addresses a side-set of these issues. There is available code!

The above is based on ideas introduced here.