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FW: [News] DOI News - February 2004

From: International DOI Foundation [mailto:info@doi.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 11:04 AM
Subject: [News] DOI News - February 2004

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. Nielsen BookData appointed as DOI Registration Agency
2. Analysis of economic benefits of DOI published
3. DOI and Handle: factsheet launched
4. Other news

1. Nielsen BookData appointed as DOI Registration Agency

Nielsen BookData, a VNU company formed in 2002 from the merger of two of
The leading suppliers of information and services to the UK book industry,
Whitaker Information Services and Book Data, has been appointed as a DOI

Registration Agency. The company will begin to offer, from later this
year,DOI based services for publications and other resources from
publishers and other content providers for use in education, training and
leisure; and for metadata collection for resource discovery, and for the
support of ordering and market analysis services.

For further information, see the full press release, "Nielsen BookData 
appointed as DOI Registration Agency", at 

2. Analysis of economic benefits of DOI published

The consulting firm EPS has just completed a study using conservative and
rigorous assumptions to quantify a 12-to-1 payback for investment in DOIs.  
The study was based on EPS' independent research and analysis, including
independent interviews both with customers of CDI (a DOI Registration
Agency) and with third parties. The study can be obtained free of charge
via its DOI at http://dx.doi.org/10.1220/eps1

This complements the earlier "Business Case for Information Publishers"  
study by Bill Rosenblatt which analysed the economic benefits of using
DOIs for Enterprise Content Integration (see
http://dx.doi.org/10.1220/whitepaper5). It will also be followed by three
further forthcoming papers, analysing benefits associated with content
syndication, online partnering, supply-chain efficiency and other sources
of return-on-investment.

For further information, see the links on the "White papers" page of the
DOI web site: http://www.doi.org/publications.html

3. DOI and Handle: factsheet launched

A new series of DOI Factsheets has been launched on the DOI website. The
first, "DOI and Handle" analyses the differences between DOI and the
underlying Handle technology in an easy-to-understand format, pointing out
the nine key areas where DOI adds features and value to the best
infrastructure component available today for managing digital objects.

For further information, see the links on the "Factsheets" page of the DOI
web site: http://www.doi.org/factsheets.html

4. Other News

The R R Bowker company, part of Cambridge Information Group, joined the
International DOI Foundation in January, and have declared their intention
to become a DOI Registration Agency. R R Bowker includes the US ISBN

The International DOI Foundation has been shortlisted to act as the
Registration Authority of the ISO MPEG 21 Rights Data Dictionary. This
follows the IDF's earlier efforts with others in developing, and
successfully 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 (see

The DOI web site, http://www.doi.org, has been completely revised, with
a  new format aimed at improving content organization and navigation for

Please visit the site and see the new features.