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DOI Service Announcement 01-02
January 2002
By the end of last year, well over four million Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) had been issued, with over 200 organisations allocating DOIs, the first four DOI Registration Agencies appointed during the year (with more planned to come), and DOI is well integrated into several related standards activities, with many applications actively under development.
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 Announcement 11-01 MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS TO DEVELOP DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT (DRM) STANDARD]
We are now very pleased to announce that the dictionary resulting from this activity has been adopted as baseline technology for the ISO-MPEG-21 Rights Data Dictionary standard. The adoption follows the MPEG meeting in Pattaya, Thailand, at which 9 proposals were evaluated. The MPEG-21 Rights Data Dictionary, based on <indecs>2rdd principles, will provide a key part of the architecture required to deliver interoperability between develop a digital rights management (DRM) standard systems.
The adoption of the <indecs>2rdd proposal marks the beginning of the collaborative phase of this very important work in MPEG, which is scheduled for International Standard in March 2003. The MPEG rights Data Dictionary and the accompanying Rights Expression Language specifications will allow interoperable large-scale exchange of digital media, including subscription services, trusted peer-to-peer services and a wide variety of other distribution models. The current <indecs>2rdd Consortium will be meeting in January to plan the next phase of the initiative.
DOI has adopted the indecs approach from its outset and will implement the indecs dictionary, creating a mechanism to provide a description of what is identified in a structured way and allowing services about digital content objects to be built for any purpose. The IDF has outlined, and is actively developing in more detail, a standard way of not only doing this, but linking to existing standards such as ONIX, Dublin Core and so on, allowing each community to bring its own identifiers and descriptions into play. Wrapping these tools into a social and policy framework, through the Registration Agency federation, allows the development of DOIs in a consistent quality-assured way across many sectors, opening the possibility of managing multimedia objects seamlessly.
The International DOI Foundation (IDF) recently instituted a business development extension program in response to the request of its members. The first program session will be held in New York on January 31 and repeated in Washington on February 7. Companies interested in conducting business related to online, print and other media products and services are encouraged to attend. Digital Object Identifiers (DOI's) are by content industries for content industries.
What is the DOI value proposition? We'll explore how DOI's can drive online and offline sales and potentially reduce back office costs. What goals are technically and financially feasible? How can you communicate DOI business objectives to partners and then implement profitable solutions?
DOI: A Catalyst for Your Business will describe how the IDF is helping members with their own business development efforts. Working groups are now being formed to address various media, and there may well be opportunity at this session for you. There is no charge for this two-hour session. However, space is limited, so reserve a spot early by contacting Steve Mooney at or call (978) 561-1036. We hope to see you there!
  • NEW YORK: January 31, 2002, The McGraw-Hill Companies, 1221 Avenue of the Americas
  • WASHINGTON: February 7, 2002, The Software and Information Industry Association, 1090 Vermont Ave., N.W.
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
Updated 23 December 2003

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