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June 2004
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In this issue:
  1. Wide range of support for MPEG digital rights management activities
  2. CrossRef launches pilot CrossRef Search, powered by DOI and Google
  3. OpenURL implementation highlights growing value of DOI
  4. CENDI Releases Persistent Identifier White Paper
The Contecs:DD consortium, in which the International DOI Foundation joins forces with the Motion Picture Association, the Recording Industry Association of America, Melodies and Memories Global Ltd of Japan and Rightscom Ltd, has issued a press release welcoming the publication of the MPEG Rights Data Dictionary (RDD), one of a number of recent steps which bring closer widely understood, consistent meaning for Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems. The deployment of an interoperable and standard dictionary is a realisation of the concept of semantic interoperability which the IDF has supported.
This step has also been widely welcomed elsewhere. Brian Green, Director of Editeur, commented: "The approval of the RDD, based on the fundamental work of the earlier indecs (interoperability of data in e-commerce ) project, is an excellent step. Editeur's ONIX (online information exchange) standard and The International DOI Foundation both use dictionary terms entirely consistent with the RDD and we look forward to more applications making use of this fundamental interoperability achievement". The Association of American Publishers, International Publishers Association, and International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers have also welcomed the move.
In a related announcement earlier this year several leading entertainment, consumer electronics and technology organizations stated their support for the related ISO Rights Expression Language (REL) Standard.
RDD and REL will be important steps in Digital Rights Management technologies; according to a recent study by META Group, at present 2% of Global 2000 businesses use DRM and this is predicted to rise to 20% by 2006, with DRM services becoming "an infrastructural element rather than a standalone technology solution" ( DOI is already specified as a suitable digital item identifier within MPEG, and is the recommended authority for the management of the RDD.
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CrossRef, a DOI Registration Agency which uses DOI as the basis of its reference-linking service for scholarly publishing journal articles and related materials for over 300 publishers, has launched CrossRef Search, a pilot program which utilizes the collaborative environment of CrossRef and Google(tm) search technologies. The new initiative enables users to search the full text of high-quality, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources covering the full spectrum of scholarly research from nine leading publishers.
Infotrieve, a leading provider of on-demand information and information management solutions, has issued a press release ("OpenURL implementation by Infotrieve highlights growing value of Digital Object Identifier standards initiative") in which it announces plans to be the first company to use CrossRef DOIs as the core identifier in its OpenURL implementation. Infotrieve state that "this event demonstrates growing support for DOIs as the digital standard for universal article identification".
CENDI, the interagency working group of senior Scientific and Technical Information Managers from the major U.S. Federal Agencies, has published a white paper on the topic of Persistent Identifiers. The paper pays special attention to DOI and the underlying resolution technology it uses, the Handle System. The paper, "Persistent Identification: a Key component of an E-Government Infrastructure" addresses, for a non-technical audience, many of the issues which the DOI system is designed to solve. Many of the issues noted as requirements for persistent identification can be met through use of DOI: persistent interlinking of related information - including multiple formats of the same item (print, microfiche, PDF, Palm...), different levels of "granularity" (whole documents versus individual sectors), different levels of access control (free abstracts or citations versus restricted full-text), and different content types (e.g. documents, images, audio files, database records).
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 3 June 2004

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