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DOI - The ID Card of any Scientific Publication: 4. Registration Agencies

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To Serve and Protect

Having infrastructure is important, but it is nothing without somebody, who will operate it. The service provider for the Registrants is the Registration Agencies. They allocate prefixes, register the DOI names and provide the means for the Registrants to declare and maintain metadata and state data. In addition, some of the Registration Agencies offer many other related services like database management and take care of the quality assurance connected with the DOI registration.

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Sunday Inspiration: Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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Falling in love with Science will never end up with heartbreak

"During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore — in part because it's fun to do. But there's a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively and literally revolves around us."  - Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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DOI - The ID Card of any Scientific Publication: 3. The Mother

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The International DOI Foundation

Established in 1998, the International DOI Foundation (IDF) is the governance body of the DOI system. It is a non-profit organization with the main goal to support the development and implementation of the DOI system. Any organization with an interest in digital publishing and relevant technologies can become a member of the foundation and participate in its governance.

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DOI - The ID Card of any Scientific Publication: 2. Numbering

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The DOI  Number

Each DOI is a unique string of numbers, letters, and symbols. The uniqueness is ensured by the DOI system, which is based on the Handle system.  The character string consists of two parts - prefix and suffix. This syntax is standardized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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DOI - The ID Card of any Scientific Publication: 1. History

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The Three Letters That Brought Change in the Scientific World

DOI or Digital Object Identifier - can we imagine today's scientific world without it? A simple combination of numbers, letters, and symbols provided the smooth incorporation of scientific publication into the modern world. Today, more than 230 million DOIs have been assigned by more than 5000 authorized agents and the number keeps growing.

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