mEDRA and digilibri Press Release
Milano/Heidelberg, June 2005
mEDRA s.r.l. in Milano (Italy) and digilibri GbR (Germany) announce a partnership
program for the dissemination of DOIs by digilibri in Germany, Switzerland and Austria
with full technical support from mEDRA
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) enables publishers and other disseminators of authentic
information, e.g. news agencies, online services, to deposit a unique and permanent number with
metadata for each original content, independent of location and time, and in a syntax that is
understood by the World Wide Web (WWW). The DOI combines the value of being a unique
standard identification system with a powerful technology (Handle® system), which allows direct
resolution from any DOI to the identified content and/or to the relevant piece(s) of information
about that content. The DOI should be of interest to any Copyright Registration Agency as well.
Over 17 million DOIs have been registered already. DOI will become an ISO standard soon. Using
the DOI for permanent identification, retrieval and referencing avoids the problems that we
currently have with URLs, which simply disappear.
will serve as the licensing, marketing and service partner for publishers, online services,
news agencies, but also for photographers, illustrators, authors, editors, libraries, galleries in
Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The technical service and further developments will be
provided by m
is the multilingual European DOI Registration Agency, born within the EC Content
Programme, and now a company with offices in Milan and Bologna. Parents are the Associazione
Italiana Editore (AIE) and the university consortium CINECA in Bologna. m
EDRA has been
instrumental in introducing the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in Europe. DOIs have been
registered up to now primarily to journal articles and monographs, but the system is ready to
assign DOIs to any type of digital content.
digilibri is a new agency and publisher in Heidelberg for digital content. digilibri was founded in
2004 by Arnoud de Kemp and Ingrid Maria Spakler. Both have a strong background in scientific
and professional publishing. The company is building up an online digital asset management
system, which will be opened during the next few weeks and officially presented at the Frankfurt
Book Fair 2005. digilibri is pioneering in developing metadata and assigning DOIs to digital
images, but the database is open for other types of digital content as well.
Piero Attanasio, CEO of mEDRA: "I am delighted with this partnership, which will support the
outreach of DOIs in the German speaking countries. Since its very beginning, mEDRA has been a
fully European initiative, based on a network of partners in different countries. By some people Mr.
de Kemp is seen as one of the grandfathers of DOI. He has followed the mEDRA project since its
start in 2002. We already cooperate with digilibri in standardisation. Together we will open new
Arnoud de Kemp, Founder of digilibri: "The need for improved understanding of how intellectual
property in the Internet can be better identified and used is there. In our company we strongly
support originality and authenticity of works. The cooperation with mEDRA is ideal as they provide
a multilingual service to us and our customers. We will be the first address for DOI in Germany,
Switzerland and Austria."
Ingrid Maria Spakler, Co-Founder of digilibri: "The idea to document the originality and ownership
of images, especially photographs, by depositing a unique identifier (DOI) with relevant metadata
about the original content, is new and will make a striking improvement in rights management. In
this way creators can feel secure and customers know what they buy and from whom."
mEDRA®, DOI®, Handle®and digilibri® are registered trademarks. medra.org, doi.org and
digilibri.de, digilibri.com and digilibri.nl are domain names of exclusive ownership by mEDRA, the
International DOI Foundation (IDF), Inc., and digilibri GbR respectively.
Updated 22 June 2005
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