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August 2004
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In this issue:
  1. DOIs to be assigned to all European Union Publications
  2. International publishers call for adoption of DOI
  3. New pricing model with free assignment of DOIs
  4. New DOI applications
  5. New DOI presentations available
The International DOI Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of The Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (OPOCE) as a DOI Registration Agency. Through OPOCE, DOIs will now be assigned for some 62 EU bodies, offices and agencies institutions. These include all the Commissions of the EU and their departments; EU institutions such as the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice; and financial bodies such as the European Central Bank. OPOCE produces publications in 20 official languages, a unique phenomenon in the publishing world. With TSO, OECD and now OPOCE using DOIs, DOI has extended its coverage from that of commercial publishing into the world of official publications. The remarkable feat of managing publications in 20 languages, with a back catalogue covering 50 years, and the need for each to be an official record, is a tribute to OPOCE's team and offers a significant opportunity for the DOI to bring the benefit of its managed information approach to EU publications.
Two major international publishing bodies have called on publishing companies to provide support for DOI activities.
The International Publishers Association, meeting at its 27th Congress in Berlin in June 2004, published a series of concluding resolutions, representing publishers from 47 countries. A principal item was a call for further development of internet tools; in particular, "Publishers call for the broad adoption of non-proprietary standards for persistent content identification and management such as the Digital Object Identifier."
The International Association of Scientific, Medical and Technical Publishers (STM) in its Annual Report 2004 calls for individual STM member companies to participate in CrossRef (the DOI agency providing services to STM publishers) and to support the more general work being carried forward by the International DOI Foundation by becoming a member of IDF.
For more information see the IPA resolutions and the STM annual report 2004.
TSO (The Stationery Office) is the first registration agency to implement a pricing model which offers the supply of every Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to its customers for free, with additional service offerings providing the funding. The move is aimed at removing perceived barriers for government and private sector industries seeking to adopt millions of DOIs, for whom even a small initial unit cost was a concern.
For more information see the TSO press release.
DOIs are assigned through Registration Agencies, each of which is free to develop and offer its own business and pricing model built on a common underlying technical and governance framework.
For more information on the selection of DOI applications and pricing models, see the DOI Applications factsheet., the leader in global business intelligence representing the most comprehensive collection of published market research available on demand, and Content Directions, Inc. (CDI) have announced an implementation of digital object identifiers (DOIs) within's content and its related web sites.
For more information, see the CDI press release.
McGraw-Hill Professional and Content Directions, Inc. (CDI) have announced the application of DOIs to AccessScience, the premier provider of scientific reference information on the Internet. AccessScience includes the renowned McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology Online.
For more information, see the CDI press release.
Following a successful IDF Annual Meeting in London, with our largest attendance ever, presentations from the day are now available on the IDF web site.
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 4 August 2004

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