DOI System ISO Standard published

ISO 26324 Information and documentation -- Digital object identifier system was published by ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, on May 1, 2012.  The DOI System was approved as an International Standard through ISO in November 2010, but publication was held back awaiting revision by ISO of its generic Registration Authority agreement.  ISO 26324 is the instrument through which the DOI System, developed by the International DOI Foundation (IDF) from 1998, was adopted as an international standard, and IDF is the ISO 26324 Registration Authority.

ISO 26324 specifies the syntax, description and resolution functional components of the digital object identifier system, and the general principles for the creation, registration and administration of DOI names.
The ISO standard complements, and is compatible with, the existing US National Standard ANSI/NISO Z39.84, Syntax for the Digital Object Identifier (2000, 2005, 2010), through expansion to cover a detailed extensible metadata schema and discussion of the guarantees provided re persistence and interoperability.

For further information, see:

  - ISO Press Release: http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1561
  - DOI System and standards: http://www.doi.org/doi_handbook/1_Introduction.html#1.3
  - Copies of ISO standards are available from the ISO Store at http://www.iso.org/iso/store.htm, or from the ISO member in your country.

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