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DOI News
October 2003
  1. DOI to be used to identify scientific data
  2. DOI to be used in Australian custom-publishing project
  3. Technology endorsements: DOI and Internet registries
  4. Customer endorsements: Department of Defense
A new application for Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) has been initiated with the launch of a major project made possible by a grant from the German Research Foundation, which will implement the use of DOIs to persistently identify scientific data sets. The project is co-ordinated by the World Data Center for Climate (WDCC) in Hamburg. The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), the world's largest library of science and technology, has joined the International DOI Foundation to act as the link with DOI system, in a pilot deployment which will be extensible to any scientific data. This use of DOI will provide for the effective publication of primary data using a persistent identifier for long-term data referencing, allowing scientists to cite and re-use valuable primary data.
A new project has been announced in Australia's trialing DOI to assist the digital print industry in developing new content delivery methods such as "print on demand". The aim is to enable organizations such as publishers and content aggregators to more effectively package and customise content. Copyright Agency Ltd, a DOI Registration Agency, will lead the project. CAL and its partners have chosen the university sector to begin trials of DOI-enabled technology through a series of pilot programs developing an online model for the delivery of coursepack material to students.
For full information see the CAL press release: " DOI funding success good news for digital print industry".
Release 1.0, Esther Dyson's influential monthly report that has covered the converging worlds of technology, communications and the Internet for more than 25 years, has just published an in depth and very thoughtful coverage of "Online Registries; The DNS and Beyond". The report has extensive coverage and evaluation of current approaches: how organizations keep track of things and people across extended boundaries ("external registries") and interact with things and people rather than just look them up ("active registries"). Digital Object concepts and the Handle System (used by DOI) are extremely favourably reviewed.
Dyson comments that "the Handle System ... offers both better technology and lessons-learned governance [than DNS] ... it lacks the visibility of the DNS, which is an order of magnitude larger in the number of things registered ... but there is now a broader, outward-facing implementation overseen by the International DOI Foundation".
A one page abstract is available free, and the full 33 page report is available from the publisher, via the multi-link DOI:
"The Dept. of Defense is implementing the advanced Knowledge Resource System to link together heterogeneous repositories of content and we find the DOI to provide unique capabilities that are essential to the system and the overall architecture. I would recommend ... the unique functionality of the DOI for government architecture."
Dr Leslye McDade-Morrison, Office of the Chancellor for Education and Professional Development, US Dept. of Defense
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 8 December 2003

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