IDF Press Release
23 April 2002
The International DOI Foundation (IDF) has announced the appointment of Copyright
Agency Limited (CAL) as a DOI Registration Agency in Australia.
CAL will use the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) -- a system used for identifying, tracking and
communicating on-line digital content -- to facilitate and manage access to a range of
"We believe DOI will be an essential tool in driving the growth of Australia's digital content
industry," commented Mr Michael Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, of CAL. "DOI will offer
unparalleled opportunities to anyone interested in accessing digital content. Consumers will
be able to directly reach any on-line content, whether it be a newspaper article, book, CD
or file, if it has a DOI attached to it. Even if the location of a work changes it will still be
accessible because of its unique DOI tag," he said.
"This system is especially exciting for educators and students across Australia as it
facilitates access to vital learning materials and will help foster a cutting edge e-learning
environment," added Dr Dale Spender, Chair of CAL.
Creators and publishers of digital content will also quickly reap the benefits of DOI. They
will be able to offer accurate tracking of their work on-line, meaning a higher degree of
security, while at the same time improved access will lead to a growth in e-commerce for
high quality original works.
Content aggregators will be able to use DOI to gain quick access to any part of an on-line
work they require. This will allow them to create detailed research databases containing a
diverse range of content for use by consumers.
As Australia's first DOI registration agency, CAL is keen to ensure that the benefits of the
system are widely spread and in the coming months will embark on a campaign of
consultation and education across relevant industries.
Norman Paskin, Director of the International DOI Foundation, said: "I would like to
welcome CAL as a significant partner in our endeavours. We are particularly pleased to
note that CAL intends to apply the system to Australia's educational sector. DOI was
designed to offer interoperability of digital content in many forms from multiple sources.
Therefore, innovative on-line learning is a perfect application of the system, and
complements some of our other activities such as that of the Learning Objects Network.
CAL has been a long-time supporter of the Foundation, and has endorsed the work on
interoperability of metadata which forms the basis of DOI's approach, and it is particularly
pleasing to see this investment now result in practical applications".
DOI Registration Agencies are independent businesses operating under agreement with the
International DOI Foundation, which assign DOIs within a community of interest, and
ensure that DOI principles and rules are implemented consistently.
Copyright Agency Limited (CAL,
) is an Australian copyright
management company whose role is to provide a bridge between creators and users of
copyright material. CAL represents authors, journalists, visual artists, photographers and
newspaper, magazine and book publishers as their non-exclusive agent to license the
copying of works to the general community.
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Updated 16 December 2003
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