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DOI Resolution Outage on April 27, 2017

IDF regrets that DOIs were unresolvable for clients using a small number of DNS services around the world for about three hours on April 27th, including some in the UK. This was due to incorrect configuration settings that led some DNS servers to conclude that dx.doi.org was unavailable even though it was online. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Safeguards have been put in place to prevent this situation from happening again. If you would like more details on this incident please send a request by email to contact@doi.org.

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DOI Foundation Announces Staffing Changes

The IDF announced changes for 2016, with an expansion of its management team. Two new part time roles were announced. Jonathan Clark was appointed as the Managing Agent reporting to the Board, with overall responsibility for the DOI System including its existing network of Registration Agencies, development and outreach, and Paul Jessop took a new role as Technology Advisor, with a special focus on development and strengthening of the DOI's existing Internet and metadata technologies, technical standards, and interaction with other related systems and communities. Read more about these changes and about the new members of the team in the News Release.

Additionally, it is with great regret that we note the passing on March 27, 2016 of Dr. Norman Paskin, who had stepped down as Managing Agent in January 2016. Dr. Paskin's contribution to persistent identifiers, and to the DOI System in particular, was incomparable. He is greatly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.

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DOI System for the Building Industry

A major research project looking at the feasibility and usefulness of the DOI System for products in the building industry has been launched in the UK. NBS (National Building Specification), BSI (British Standards Institution) and the CPA (Construction Products Association) will be inviting professionals from throughout the construction industry to participate in the project, which is part funded by Innovate UK and launched on 1st October 2015. The research will establish how a common identification system for construction products and documentation could benefit the industry, complementing existing digital models such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. If shown to be beneficial to the industry, the later stages will build on this initial work to create a pilot system. As part of this activity, representatives of the project partners (RIBA Enterprises and BSI) have joined the International DOI Foundation as a General Member. See the press release for more information.

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DOI Outreach Meetings

The 2015 DOI Outreach Meeting, organised by JaLC (Japan Link Center), was held December 3, 2015 in Tokyo. The meeting demonstrated to the Japanese community the benefits of DOI in various use cases. For more information contact Yusuke Yogoro at the Japan Department of Databases for Information and Knowledge Infrastructure, Japan Science and Technology Agency.

The 2014 DOI Outreach Meeting, organised by DOI Registration Agency mEDRA, focused on services enabled by DOIs demonstrated by use cases showing applications and external projects within the DOI community. A collection of presentations from the meeting is available here. See also "DOI unveiled", a Smart Book Report on Outreach Meeting 2014 by Paola Mazzucchi, AIE - mEDRA

DOI outreach meetings were held in Asia in December 2013, on December 4 in Taipei and December 6 in Beijing. These were one day meetings were organised by local DOI Registration Agencies (Airiti, Inc. in Taipei; The Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC) and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) in Beijing). The meeting theme was "Open Meeting: Innovative Content Applications Driven by DOI". Each meeting gave an overview of DOI and its underlying principles, followed by presentations from several RAs (Crossref, DataCite, and EIDR) describing how they have implemented DOI for their industries and giving examples of the applications that have been built. Presentations from the outreach meetings are available here.

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The DOI — Twenty Years On

D-Lib Magazine published "The DOI — Twenty Years On" in the July/August 2015 issue, a transcript of a talk given by Mark Bide at a recently held International DOI Foundation meeting. The meeting celebrated the 20th anniversary of "The Armati Report", which was instrumental in the creation of the Digital Object Identifier. See http://doi.org/10.1045/july2015-bide.

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DOI System reached 100 million registrations

The 100 millionth DOI was assigned via the Entertainment Identifier Registry, a DOI-based registry of universal unique identifiers for movie and television assets, in September 2014. This significant milestone builds on earlier growth. The ten millionth DOI was assigned in August 2003 via another major Registration Agency, Crossref, as a persistent, interoperable, and extensible identifier to a technical article in a journal; and the millionth DOI was assigned in April 2000. Currently, there are more than 133,000 registrations. DOIs are assigned by a growing federation of Registration Agencies across a variety of content sectors and language areas, and are now in use by over 20,000 registrants. For further information, see DOI Registration Agencies & Entertainment Identifier Registry.

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International DOI Foundation participates in Linked Content Coalition

The International DOI Foundation is pleased to be one of the six founder Board members of the LCC. A further group of standards bodies, including many of the International Agencies for the ISO TC46/SC9 Information and Documentation identifier standards, are now set to join. The Linked Content Coalition (LCC) is a not-for-profit global consortium of standards bodies and registries with a remit to facilitate and expand the legitimate use of content in the digital network. Its Ten Targets for a Digital Future aim to ensure that every creator and every creation can be automatically identified on the Internet if they wish to be; that every creation can have machine-readable rights information linked to it (whether for commercial or free use); and that existing standards of different media types can be interoperable. Download the full press release from LCC more information.

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