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August 2003
In August 2003, the ten millionth Digital Object Identifier was assigned, marking another milestone in the evolution of the DOI System.
The ten millionth DOI was assigned via the Registration Agency CrossRef, as a persistent, interoperable, and extensible identifier to a technical article in a journal published by Springer Verlag, which resolves to the full text through the Springer Link service:".
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It is appropriate that the ten millionth DOI was assigned by CrossRef, as this service (a collaboration now extending to 234 publishers and 129 libraries) was the first and still largest assigner of DOIs. However other uses of DOIs are now widespread; examples assigned to books, images, technical reports, and government documents, etc. may be seen at DOI Demos.
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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