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DOI News - December 2003

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In this issue:

1. OECD to use DOIs
2. 43 National Libraries now participate in DOI Foundation
3. Knowledge Resource Center uses DOIs
4. Persistent citations
5. Other news

1. OECD to use DOIs

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has
announced that it will assign DOIs (via Registration Agency TSO) to its
extensive bi-lingual online library, SourceOECD, which includes 1,500
books, 19 periodicals and 40 interactive databases. OECD will assign DOIs
initially to this existing catalogue of publications, and will then work
with TSO to develop the DOIs further into multiple resolution identifiers,
giving OECD the capacity to link information resources to provide a
richer, more responsive information service to its customers.

For full information, see the TSO press release "TSO to supply OECD with
digital identification system" at

2. 43 National Libraries now participate in DOI Foundation

The Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) has transferred the
International DOI Foundation membership of an existing consortium of three
national libraries (British, German, and Netherlands) to the whole of
CENL.  This extends the scope of the participation in the International
DOI Foundation to 43 library members from 41 European countries.

For full information, see the IDF press release "National Library
participation in DOI Foundation extends to 41 countries through CENL" at

*Related news: In October 2003 the German National Library of Science and
Technology (TIB) joined the IDF from 1 October 2003 to implement the use
of DOIs to persistently identify scientific data sets

3. Knowledge Resource Center uses DOIs

IDF's registration agency Learning Objects Network (LON) has developed and
implemented with partners an online Knowledge Resource Center (KRC) for
the Office of the US Secretary of Defense. The pilot Knowledge Resource
Center employs eLearning open standards and specifications including the
Department of Defense Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative's
SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) specifications, the IMS
Digital Repositories Interoperability specification, and the Digital
Object Identifier (DOI) to uniquely identify and persistently locate
content in distributed repositories.  When completed, the resource center
will include XML searching of SCORM metadata stored in LON's DOI registry
service. LON has worked closely with the Association of American
Publishers to involve major publishers in providing high quality content
for the pilot KRC.

For full information, see the LON press release "LON Implements Knowledge
Resource Center" at http://www.doi.org/news/031215LONnews.pdf

*Related news: "Digital Object Identifiers for Publishers and the
e-Learning Community": a Report for the UK's JISC from TSO (September
2003) discusses persistent digital identifiers and their current and
future use in UK education.  

4. Persistent citations

A recent study in Science on internet citations in academic literature
demonstrated that in articles 27 months old, 13% of Internet references
were inactive; earlier in the year, an OCLC Web Survey showed that only
13% of all web addresses registered in 1998 were still around in 2002 (and
only 51% of those from 2001). The folly of relying on URLs alone for
persistence is dramatically brought home by these statistics: DOIs as used
by CrossRef are a clear, widely used, solution to this persistent citation
problem. (Science and OCLC studies: http://www.doi.org/quotes.html;
CrossRef:  http://www.crossref.org)

5. Other News

     - More DOI Tools are now available to help build applications for
accessing and managing DOIs, Application Profiles, and Services

     - Look for announcements of several new DOI Registration Agencies in
the New Year!


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