- TSO (The Stationery Office) appointed as Digital Object Identifier
- Multilingual European DOI Registration Agency project initiated
- MPEG Rights Data Dictionary standard finalised
- Forthcoming events: Interparty workshop, Supply Chain Seminar,
Mobile DRM conference
The International DOI Foundation announces the appointment of TSO (
The Stationery Office
as a DOI Registration Agency For the past 30 years TSO has operated as the de facto bibliographer
for the UK Government in the printed word -- issuing 13,000 ISBNs per annum and maintaining inventory
and metadata describing over a quarter of a million official documents and reports, available through
its online bookstore and traditional delivery infrastructure.
With the introduction of DOIs into the UK official sector, fundamental information management problems
can now be overcome enabling all identifier types to be linked and metadata to be systematically
organised across distributed digital environments.
The UK official sector is widely distributed and has a driving need to create interoperability
across its networks as well as with the private sector and the citizen. The use of DOIs will
vastly simplify the software development task of suppliers and public sector IT staff and help
to solve the conundrum faced by information managers in Government of how to manage information
across distributed networks and to harvest and update metadata. Use of DOIs ensures
integration with international standards and enables UK information assets to be networked
globally and interoperably.
TSO Director Shane O'Neill said: "TSO, sitting neutrally across Government and collecting
and distributing information to and from every Government department and agency is in a
unique position to help the entire official and regulatory sector, both clients and suppliers,
to implement persistent identifier solutions."
We welcome TSO into the IDF community. The application of DOIs to public sector
information through TSO's deep experience and trusted position is a very welcome step
in the evolution of the DOI system, and one which demonstrates that the use of
identifiers is key in all areas of information management. TSO's position in the
UK public sector makes it an ideal Registration Agency and an addition to our now
wide-ranging list of internationally-based DOI implementors.
A multi-million Euro project funded by the European Commission to create a
multi-application Multilingual European DOI Registration Agency (EDRA) is now
underway. MEDRA is co-ordinated by the AIE, Associazione Italiana Editori
(Italian Publishers Association) and involves as partners significant
representatives of the publishing community in France, Germany and Spain.
MEDRA aims to develop the first multi-lingual and multiple-application DOI-RA. MEDRA's
objective is to build up an agency or a network of agencies developing a number of
applications and targeting multi-lingual content production, also taking into account
the requirements of small and medium enterprises. The system will be promoted first in
Italy, Germany, Spain and France, but is designed to be applicable elsewhere.
The International DOI Foundation has endorsed the development of MEDRA,
and will work with the MEDRA consortium in developing proposals to appoint the
resulting initiative as one of the DOI Registration Agencies. MEDRA will provide
significant assistance in working through practical issues arising in cross-language
and cross-media DOI applications.
System implementation is planned to start in March 2003 in order to have a fully
operative agency by November 2003. For further information see the press release
In November 2001, we announced that IDF was a founding sponsor of a
Consortium to develop a Rights Data Dictionary -- a common dictionary or
vocabulary for intellectual property rights (indecs2RDD) (see IDF Service
MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS TO DEVELOP DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT
(DRM) STANDARD). This work was adopted
as the basis of the ISO MPEG-21 Rights data Dictionary. The "Committee Draft"
(i.e., final version submitted as a formal standard, completing the development
process) of the ISO MPEG-21 Rights Data Dictionary, which complements the
indecs approach used as the basis of the DOI metadata, was completed on 9 August 2002.
(To view the draft, please see
click on the link to Part 5.6: MPEG-21 Rights Data Dictionary CD.)
IDF is a partner in the INTERPARTY
project, an EC funded project to design and
specify a framework for the unique identification of parties (natural and corporate names)
in the Intellectual Property e-commerce chain. The IDF is participating in INTERPARTY
as it forms a natural complement to our work, and is a complementary development of
the indecs metadata framework. Full management of rights in the e-commerce chain
will need identification not only of resources but also of parties. An open workshop
on the INTERPARTY project is to be held in London on 30 Sept/1 October and we invite
anyone interested in this topic to attend:
Interparty Conference; 30 September - 1 October 2002; London
(Agenda and Registration Details).
DOI will be presented at two forthcoming conferences:
Frankfurt Supply Chain Meeting; 8 October 2002, Frankfurt Book Fair (see
Mobile Digital Rights Management: Turning the requirement for DRM into a significant business opportunity;
27 - 28 November 2002; London
(see http://www.ibctelecoms.com/mobiledrm/ )
The DOI is a system for interoperably identifying and exchanging
intellectual property in the digital environment. A DOI assigned to content enhances a content producer's ability to trade electronically. It provides a framework for managing content in any form at any level of granularity, for linking customers with content suppliers, for facilitating electronic commerce, and enabling automated copyright management for all types of media. The International DOI Foundation, a non-profit organization, manages development, policy and licensing of the DOI to registration agencies and technology providers and advises on usage and development of related services and technologies. The DOI system uses open standards with a standard syntax (ANSI/NISO Z39.84) and is currently used by leading international technology and content organizations.
This is a service announcement for the International Digital Object
Identifier Foundation and has been prepared to increase your awareness about important developments to enable digital copyright management of intellectual property. For more information, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated 16 December 2003
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