In this issue:
- OECD to use DOIs
- 43 National Libraries now participate in DOI Foundation
- Knowledge Resource Center uses DOIs
- Persistent citations
- Other News
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced that
it will assign DOIs (via Registration Agency TSO) to its extensive bi-lingual
online library, SourceOECD, which includes 1,500 books, 19 periodicals and 40
interactive databases. OECD will assign DOIs initially to this existing
catalogue of publications, and will then work with TSO to develop the DOIs
further into multiple resolution identifiers, giving OECD the capacity to
link information resources to provide a richer, more responsive information
service to its customers.
The Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) has transferred the International
DOI Foundation membership of an existing consortium of three national libraries (British,
German, and Netherlands) to the whole of CENL. This extends the scope of the participation
in the International DOI Foundation to 43 library members from 41 European countries.
*Related news: In October 2003 the German National Library of
Science and Technology (TIB) joined the IDF from 1 October 2003
to implement the use of DOIs to persistently identify scientific
data sets (http://www.doi.org/news/TIBNews.html
IDF's registration agency Learning Objects Network (LON) has developed and
implemented with partners an online Knowledge Resource Center (KRC) for the
Office of the US Secretary of Defense. The pilot Knowledge Resource Center
employs eLearning open standards and specifications including the Department
of Defense Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative's SCORM (Sharable
Content Object Reference Model) specifications, the IMS Digital Repositories
Interoperability specification, and the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to
uniquely identify and persistently locate content in distributed repositories.
When completed, the resource center will include XML searching of SCORM metadata
stored in LON's DOI registry service. LON has worked closely with the
Association of American Publishers to involve major publishers in providing
high quality content for the pilot KRC.
A recent study in Science on internet citations in academic literature demonstrated
that in articles 27 months old, 13% of Internet references were inactive; earlier in
the year, an OCLC Web Survey showed that only 13% of all web addresses registered
in 1998 were still around in 2002 (and only 51% of those from 2001). The folly of
relying on URLs alone for persistence is dramatically brought home by these
statistics: DOIs as used by CrossRef are a clear, widely used, solution to
this persistent citation problem.
More DOI Tools
are now available to help build applications for
accessing and managing DOIs, Application Profiles, and Services.
Look for announcements of several new DOI Registration Agencies in the New Year!
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 18 December 2003
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