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DOI® News
July 2006
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In this issue:
  1. Presentations available from "Digital objects and the management of information" seminar
  2. MVB and mEDRA partner to extend DOI® registration in German language areas
  3. CrossRef surpasses 20 million DOI® names
  4. CrossRef register over half a million book DOI®names
The International DOI Foundation collaborated with the Oxford Internet Institute and the E- Horizons Institute to present a half day seminar last month on "Digital objects and the management of information". Presentations from this meeting are now available, linked from the agenda. The seminar followed the annual International DOI Foundation members' meeting, presentations from which are also available for IDF members only.
MVB, the marketing and publishing service of the Buchhandels GmbH, has begun work as a DOI registration provider for the German-speaking countries. MVB will be continuing its alliance with the multilingual European DOI® Registration Agency mEDRA as its German partner. The DOI® System initiatives for image material and multimedia begun in 2005 by digilibri, a company founded by Arnoud de Kemp and Ingrid Maria Spakler, will be continued by MVB in alliance with digilibri. Arnoud de Kemp will be supporting the development of DOI® applications with his many years of experience in the media business in his role as a consultant.
CrossRef has announced that over 20 million content entities had been registered in the CrossRef system since its inception in early 2000. The majority of these DOI names are assigned to online journal articles. However, over 1.6 million DOI names are assigned to conference proceedings and books, at the chapter as well as title level.
Within the past year, CrossRef began supporting assignment of DOI names to technical reports, working papers, dissertations, standards, and data elements. Among the DOI names most recently registered in CrossRef are persistent identifiers for 38,000 protein description pages within the Protein Data Bank, and 27,000 working papers published by the Social Science Research Network.
CrossRef, the reference-linking service for scholarly and professional content, announced today that it had surpassed the half-million mark in the number of book title and chapter DOI names registered in its database. By virtue of being in CrossRef, these books and chapters are readily inter-linkable with the 20 million-plus other content items (mainly journal articles) publishers have registered. This enables the reader of online works to go directly from a journal article to a cited book chapter, or vice versa, just by clicking on a reference.
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 inform you of developments to enable digital copyright management of intellectual property. For more information, please send your request to
Prepared 25 July 2006

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