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July 2007
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In this issue:
  1. Innovative uses of the DOI System
  2. International DOI Foundation participating in BISG study group
  3. International DOI Foundation joins ACAP
  4. Recent technology interviews about the DOI System
Presentations from the International DOI Foundation's Open meeting on the theme of "Innovative uses of the DOI System" held in Washington, DC in June 2007 are now available, together with materials from related meetings discussing the DOI System. Following a keynote on "Content management in the next generation Internet", several panelists discussed specific areas of innovation. In a following Handle System Workshop, two presentations discussed interesting areas of new development: Chuck Koscher of CrossRef spoke on the application of multiple resolution at CrossRef; and Piero Attanasio of mEDRA described a pilot scheme for integrating ISBN with DOI to form a "Bookland DOI" (the linkage of DOI with other ISO identifiers such as ISBN in this way is explicitly recommended in the current draft ISO standard). The same themes were picked up in the next days NISO/BISG Forum on "The Changing Standards Landscape: Creative Solutions to Your Information Problems".
The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has formed, in collaboration with the Association of American Publishers, a new Digital Standards Committee on industry-wide standards for the online discovery, browsing, search and distribution of books and related content in digital form. The International DOI Foundation is participating in this work, which will start its work using a briefing paper, requirements, and draft specification that were developed within AAP to serve as frameworks for further work. For further information see "New BISG Committee to Create Standards for Digital Content".
As announced in March, the International DOI Foundation (IDF) is participating in the work to develop an Automated Content Access Protocol, being carried out by a number of international publishing organisations working with search engine technologists. The IDF has now become a formal member of the ACAP project, in addition to participating in its technical working group. The ACAP standard will facilitate automate rights licensing of Internet content. A recent ACAP conference demonstrated considerable progress and growing support for this activity.
ACAP has commissioned EDItEUR to specify a set of formal usage definitions, building on the model of usages that underpins various ONIX for Licensing Terms (OLT) schemas already at an advanced stage of development (including ONIX for Publications Licenses, and ONIX IFRRO formats for communication between reproduction rights organisations). In this way, it is intended that ACAP usage semantics should be compatible with formats that some ACAP participants may in future be using for other licensing applications. The International DOI Foundation has a long-standing collaboration with EDItEUR and shares the same approach to usage semantics.
Two recent podcasts with Jon Udell feature prominent developers of DOI System applications: Geoff Bilder of CrossRef (the DOI agency for scholarly citations), and Tony Hammond of Nature Publishing Group (a CrossRef user).
From the introduction to the conversation with Geoff Bilder: "Although Tim Berners-Lee once famously declared that "Cool URIs don't change," factors beyond our control make it hard for most of us to avoid link rot. Geoffrey Bilder is the director of strategic initiatives for CrossRef, a company whose mission is "to be the citation linking backbone for all scholarly information in electronic form." CrossRef, in other words, is in the business of combating link rot ... In this conversation, Geoffrey and I discuss how everyday blog publishing systems could offer the same kinds of persistence, integrity, and accountability provided by scholarly and professional publishing systems. And we explore why that might matter more than most people would think".
From the introduction to the conversation with Tony Hammond: "In this week's podcast we talk about Digital Object Identifiers which are, in effect, super-URLs designed to survive commercial churn and to work reliably for hundreds of years. Many of us are becoming publishers nowadays, and we'd like to imagine that all our stuff could enjoy that level of consistency and durability. Few of us are prepared to make the necessary investment, but it's interesting to hear from someone who has."
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.
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Prepared 2 July 2007