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Digital object identifier system: an overview

Rajesh Chandrakar (INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad, India)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 July 2006




This paper aims to describe the digital object identifier (DOI) system, an implementation of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives handle system, where a handle is designed to provide an efficient, extensible, and secured global name to an intellectual object.


Explains the overview of DOI system, its components with examples in addition to benefits of DOI to user communities.


The management of intellectual objects in a digital environment such as the internet, which is flooded with various kind of objects like research articles, e‐books, electronic theses and dissertations etc. requires the existence of persistent, reliable identifiers for each distinguishable piece of content and associated services activated by these identifiers to manage access and other digital rights. The DOI is the essential part of the electronic publishing especially for the management and the access of the resources is concerned. The DOI system is the new technology developed for persistent identification and interoperable exchange of intellectual property on digital networks.


This paper offers a useful explanation of DOI and their implementation in simple way for the professionals.



Chandrakar, R. (2006), "Digital object identifier system: an overview", The Electronic Library, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 445-452.



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