The Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) has been developed by the academic, technical and medical publishing sectors to enable the management of access rights to information published electronically. The DOI system is constructed on the descendants of physical documentary unit identifiers developed in the 1970s, physical document logical unit identifiers developed in the 1980s and recently modified to meet the needs of electronic distribution. This experience is integrated into the standardization, currently in progress on the Internet network, of the identification of resources and their localization. The DOI system is potentially the object of an international standard as the ISBN and the ISSN have been.

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