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DOI News
May 2003
  1. National Libraries join IDF
  2. Common dictionary for DOI and ONIX metadata
  3. Completion of DOI advanced applications
The International DOI Foundation (IDF) announces that an informal consortium of three major national libraries -- The British Library (UK), Die Deutsche Bibliothek (Germany) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The Netherlands) -- has joined the International DOI Foundation.
IDF is delighted to welcome this group of leading libraries, and to have their support for our work on a persistent and extensible identification and metadata infrastructure for intellectual property. Our recent work with DOI applications and services will be of particular interest to the library community.
The International DOI Foundation (IDF) and EDItEUR (the International Group for electronic commerce in the book and serial sectors) announce the development of a common data dictionary. On completion, a single operational dictionary will be available to support both DOI Application Profiles and the various ONIX messages. This also forms the basis of the DOI metadata system, by which the same benefits can be extended to any other metadata scheme.
The DOI Handbook has been released in a new edition (3.0) which now fully describes how to create applications providing extensible DOI services through multiple resolution and the DOI metadata system. A ready-to-go mechanism to build applications limited only by the imagination is now in place, with the tools to do far more than simple persistent linking -- such as dynamic alerts to the availability of a new version of a document (already demonstrated in Adobe Acrobat using DOIs).
The new, shorter, handbook now fully describes tools such as DOI Application Profiles and the indecs Data Dictionary. As much of the metadata work (based on indecs) is not published elsewhere, this is also covered in detail in two appendices. A new glossary and completely rewritten chapters are part of the Handbook release.
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 16 December 2003

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