- IDF publishes Progress Report and announces substantial developments
- Multilingual European DOI Registration Agency (mEDRA) launched
- TSO assigns DOIs to UK Official Publications
- Office of Official Publications for EU (OPOCE) announces intention to use DOIs
- Defence Technical Information Center (DTIC) joins IDF
Coinciding with its fifth annual members meeting held recently in New York, the
International DOI Foundation has published (in D-Lib magazine) an overview of DOI
progress. A great deal has happened in the underlying technologies and in the practical
deployment and development of DOIs over the past year: much of the program of
technical work foreseen at the inception of DOIs has now been completed.
The initial simple implementation of DOI as a persistent name linked to redirection
continues to grow, with approaching ten million DOIs assigned from several hundred
organisations through a number of Registration Agencies in USA, Europe, and Australasia,
supporting large scale business uses. From its original starting point in text publishing,
there has been gradual embrace by a number of communities: these include national
libraries, government documentation; non-English language markets (France, Germany,
Spain, Italy, Korea). The article also deals with some of the policy developments of the
IDF especially in areas such as allowing community autonomy in using DOIs, and
addresses some common misconceptions about the DOI.
The IDF has announced the appointment of mEDRA, a new organization following on from
the EC multilingual DOI Registration Agency Project (http://www.medra.org/
as a formal DOI
Registration Agency, effective from 1st July 2003. m
EDRA will initially offer DOI-based
services in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.
mEDRA is a partnership of AIE - the Italian Publishers Association; MVB - a company of
the German publishers association and ISBN agency for German language area; SNE -
French Publishers Association; Editrain - Spanish publishing services company; CINECA -
As part of a planned DOI enablement program, TSO (The Stationery Office) has just
applied DOIs to the entire UKOP (UK Official Publications) database, creating a new and
multi linking capability for resource discovery and permanent citation.
UKOP is the premier research tool for all forms of Government communications, including
legislation and the published output of national and devolved Government. Using DOIs
and advanced search features, UKOP now provides easy access to over 450,000
bibliographic records from over 2000 sources. Each year approximately 12,000 key
documents are digitised and added to the database, making UKOP an essential online
resource for public, academic and corporate organisations.
OPOCE, the Publisher for the European Union, have confirmed their intention to apply for
the status of DOI-Registration Agency from 1st January 2004, with the intention of
assigning DOIs to EU official publications (those produced by EU institutions or agencies,
existing or to be created in the future).
is the central facility for the collection and dissemination of scientific and technical
information for the US Department of Defense (DoD). IDF is pleased to welcome DTIC as
a new Affiliate Member of the International DOI Foundation from 1st July 2003. In
addition to being a long term proponent of persistent identifiers, DTIC is a user of the
Handle System (the resolution mechanism used by DOIs) and a founding member of
CENDI, an interagency working group of senior Scientific and Technical Information
Managers from nine U.S. Federal Agencies: http://www.dtic.mil/cendi/
. CENDI is currently
preparing a white paper on persistent identification.
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.
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Updated 16 December 2003
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