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Authors: T, Sunitha
P, Sreejaya
Issue Date: Sep-2003
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: The Internet represents a totally new environment for the exchange of scholarly literature and it requires new enabling technologies to protect both customers and publishers. Systems will have to be developed to authenticate contents to ensure that what the customer is requesting is what is being delivered. At the same time, the creator of the information must be sure that copyright in the content is respected and protected while considering the requirements of the new systems, publishers of books and journals internationally realized that a first step would be the development of a new identification system to be used for all digital content. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system not only provides a unique identification for contents, but also provides a way to link users of the material to the right holders to facilitate automated digital commerce in the digital environment. The DOI, an initiative taken by the Association of American Publishers, has grown into a prototype system, which supports URN to URL resolution and potential copyright management, document delivery and electronic commerce functions. In principle, the DOI system is fairly simple. It is based on the proposal that publishers should uniformly adopt formal or standard numbering schemes for their online products. The existing legacy systems such as ISBN, ISSN etc., should be used as the basis for this numbering. Such numbered products and their online addresses will be registered in an online directory or database which will automatically route queries about a product to the correct location of that product, where publisher's response screens will automatically offer the enquirer a variety of commercial transaction options such as viewing, purchasing, licensing or further routing.(For example: from article abstract to full text article content). DOI is a tool for persistence, multiple resolution, stability, security and authentication, distributed administration and internationalization, with a lightweight resolution method and an open protocol. This paper emphasizes on the origin, structure, application and advantages of DOI and its implications in digital rights management.
Page(s): 101-109
ISSN: 0972-5423
Source:ALIS Vol.50(3) [September 2003]

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