Digital Object Identifier for Media

May 13, 2008

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Our heads are in a new space. Literally: we have a new office that’s conducive to rolling around while thinking. Figuratively: We’re rolling around hot ideas in our heads.

Here’s what’s been wheeling around: All digital content needs a unique identifier that shows who made it, when, on what equipment, and what it’s about. How else are we supposed to find relevant content no matter the venue? How else is the original author going to get props/cents?

Currently, there is a standard called DOI (not to be confused with DOA or DWI). Digital Object Identifier. Seems like it’s mostly used for academic papers so that they can be found even if the location (website) changes. But are lomediaco’s using it? Is there a way to embrace and expand the standard to include the myriad UGC and Pro content out there? Make it all relevant?

If you know about this kinda stuff, we’d love to hear from you. We think it’s a necessary piece of the relevant web.

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One Response to “Digital Object Identifier for Media”


  1. […] Even if we had the organization and culture to focus on information in context for multiple communities on multiple platforms, we are bound by our technology, which at its very core is designed for publishers or broadcasters to create and distribute packaged products. We think it is great to be able to take that packaged product and distribute it online or on a mobile device. What we need is the ability to create and collect, in the first instance, textual snippets, audio, video, and visual assets in native XML, tag them appropriately, and place them in a contextual framework that has meaning for the community or communities that have interest in that information. Several of us have been working on those technical issues under the NAA’s Integrated Content Management Framework initiative. e-Me Ventures in Oak Park has been an integral player in conceptualizing these issues, including the need for unique asset identifiers. […]


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