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Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) Durable Link to this BLOG
DOI is not DUI

Creators of Web content often are faced with linkrot, which is the problem of a URL changing or expiring, and causing the Webpage to break.

People have suggested caching servers, durable URLs and permalinks to circumvent this problem.

Although I am not fully convinced, in some ways, that's a problem the emerging Digital Object Identifier (DOI) standard will solve.

DOIs also have the advantage that the URLs are shorter and very specific.

Like the competing OpenURL standard (see my review "Problem with OpenURLs"), DOI has numerous applications in scholarly publishing, in electronic aggregations, electronic libraries, and digital archiving.

Example:

Let's say you want to link to my article in ACM Software Engineering Notes. The actual URL is something like

http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=126501&jmp=cit&dl=GUIDE& dl=ACM&CFID=30024329&CFTOKEN=32606966#CIT

Now who can remember that URL ?!

Whereas using DOI, the URL is simply: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/126496.126501 and is typically guaranteed to be durable even if the website changes its underlying technologies (from CFM to ASP to ASPX or JSP).

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My company provides technologies and services for libraries, publishers, and aggregators. Contact me at Contact Kamats if you have specific questions or inside industry tips.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, October 28, 2004
Last Modified: 10/29/2004 7:58:38 PM

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