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  • From: International DOI Foundation <info@doi.org>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 07:43:56 -0400
DOI News - April 2005

DOI News is a public news release; information contained within this 
newsletter can be reproduced and disseminated to all interested parties.

In this issue:

1. New agency: DOIs for scientific data
2. DOI and Google
3. Revision of NISO standard: DOI Syntax
4. IDF appointed as Registration Authority for MPEG Data Dictionary
5. IDF announces strategic review
6. DOI and license terms: ONIX

1. New agency appointed to assign DOIs for scientific data

On 1 May 2005, the German National Library of Science and Technology 
(TIB) becomes a DOI Registration Agency.  TIB will be developing a 
registration facility for the use of DOIs with science data. This 
follows the successful completion of the pilot project we announced in 
September 2003 to use DOIs for the persistent identification of data 
sets, for citation and discovery: "Project announced to develop DOIs for 
scientific data: German National Library of Science and Technology joins 
IDF". (http://www.doi.org/news/TIBNews.html)

The IDF is extremely pleased to welcome this new initiative, which marks 
a further significant step in the expansion of DOI applications to new 
data types and sectors. It also marks the success of the IDF’s efforts 
to stimulate pilot projects for the use of persistent identifiers.

For further details see the full press release, to be posted shortly at 
http://www.doi.org/announce.html, and an article in Data Science Journal 
which discusses the application of DOIs to scientific data sets, 
pre-print available at http://www.doi.org/topics/041110CODATAarticleDOI.pdf.

2. DOI and Google

Google intends to make widespread use of the DOI in facilitating its 
crawling and indexing processes and within search results, as a means to 
link to published resources. Google has requested access to all CrossRef 
registered DOIs, and recognizes the value of the DOI in ensuring that 
"appropriate copy" links get returned within their Google Scholar 
OpenURL pilot (see 
http://scholar.google.com/scholar_preferences?prev=/). The use of DOIs 
in Google is bound to lead over time to much greater awareness of the 
DOI among researchers as well. There are now 42 publishers participating 
in CrossRef Search, CrossRef's pilot for cross-publisher, full text 
search of published, scholarly literature, developed in partnership with 
Google (http://www.crossref.org/crossrefsearch.html). The CrossRef 
Search pilot was launched in April of 2004, seven months before Google 
announced Google Scholar, Google's own pilot for search of scholarly 
content across both publisher and institutional sites. Beginning later 
this month, the set of results delivered to CrossRef Search will come 
from the Google Scholar index as opposed to the general Google index.

The DOI agency CrossRef is now exploring a more formal business 
relationship with Google, in order to establish a set of recommended 
terms and conditions for Google's use of and access to publishers' full 
text content. If there are multiple versions of an article shown in 
Google Scholar search results, the first link will be to the publisher's 
authoritative copy. CrossRef and Google are working together on 
optimizing Google's use of the DOI to use the DOI as the primary means 
to link to an article.

3. Revision of NISO standard: DOI Syntax

On April 7, voting closed on the five-year revision of the Z39.84 (2000) 
Standard Syntax for the DOI by the US National Information Standards 
Organization (NISO).

This revision, which is entirely backward-compatible with the original 
2000 standard, contains a substantially re-written forward, 
clarification that DOIs have no length restriction, and some technical 
updating re Unicode and case sensitivity. Supporting references and 
other material have also been updated. Comments from the voting process 
will now be incorporated into a final version which we expect to be 
passed and issued shortly.

The DOI syntax is one component of the DOI system, as is the Data 
Dictionary (see next item).  The DOI System as a whole is a work item to 
become an ISO standard within TC46/SC9, the ISO body responsible for 
"information content identifiers" such as ISBN, ISSN, ISTC, ISRC, etc. 
See http://www.doi.org/news/DOINewsNov04.html#1.

4. IDF appointed as Registration Authority for MPEG Data Dictionary

The ISO/IEC Technical Management Board has confirmed (resolution 
28/2005, 31 March 2005) the appointment of the International DOI 
Foundation (IDF) as the Registration Authority for the MPEG 21 Rights 
Data Dictionary (ISO/IEC Information technology -- Multimedia framework 
(MPEG-21) -- Part 6: Rights Data Dictionary, ISO/IEC 21000-6). IDF will 
now work with ISO to establish operational details of this function.

The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), a working group of ISO/IEC, 
includes the MPEG-21 "Multimedia Framework" which includes several 
components of digital rights management technology standardisation. This 
role is entirely complementary and supportive of DOI's use of Data 
Dictionary methodology in developing, and having adopted as baseline 
technology, the concepts of interoperable metadata as a solution to 
MPEG's call for a common dictionary or vocabulary for intellectual 
property rights.

For further information see the DOI Factsheet "DOI and data 
dictionaries" (http://www.doi.org/factsheets/DOIDataDictionaries.html). 
For information on MPEG see the MPEG home page.

5. IDF announces strategic review

The IDF is undertaking a strategic review with input from its members, 
registration agencies, founders and other stakeholders to enable the DOI 
to fulfil its mission by moving the DOI infrastructure to the next stage 
of development. Input from all parties is welcome. For further 
information contact n.paskin@doi.org.

6. DOI and license terms: ONIX

In November we noted our participation with the work of the Digital 
Libraries Federation's Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) 
and indicated that IDF and EDItEUR had proposed the need for adding 
structure to the ERMI list, allowing for interoperability and 
extensibility as well as expression in ONIX. EDItEUR has announced an 
"ONIX for Licensing Terms" initiative, which will produce a "proof of 
concept" demonstrator to show how library licensing terms can be 
expressed and communicated in ONIX format, allowing license terms to be 
linked to electronic resources and facilitate libraries management of 
electronic resources and administration of compliance. IDF will be 
participating in the kick-off meeting of the project on April 21 in 

See "DOI and license and rights terms": 
http://www.doi.org/news/DOINewsNov04.html#3. For further information, 
contact Brian Green of EDItEUR, brian@bic.org.uk.


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.

This is a service announcement for the International Digital Object 
Identifier Foundation and has been prepared to increase you awareness 
about important developments to enable digital copyright management of 
intellectual property. For more information about the DOI, see 
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