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entitled `Online Registries:The DNS and
Beyond...' and deals with digital object
architecture. Release 1.0 is itself powered
by the DOI through Content Directions,
Inc. (http://www.contentdirections.
com/).
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here are now over 10 million DOIs
assigned. `An introduction to the
Digital Object Identifier System' begins on
page 20 of DigiCULT.Info Issue 4
(http://www.digicult.info/downloads/dig-
icult_newsletter_issue4_lowres.pdf). More
information can be found in the detailed
document by IDF Director Dr Norman
Paskin: `Digital Object Identifiers and
Digital Preservation of the Record of
Science' at http://www.doi.org/top-
ics/020210_CSTI.pdf.
D
AISY
A
BBOTT ATTENDED
DRH2003
(31 A
UGUST
­ 3 S
EPTEMBER
2003)
ON BEHALF OF
D
IGI
CULT.
T
he Digital Resources for the
Humanities conference, held annually,
is a major forum for everyone affected by
the digitisation of cultural heritage, from
the creators of digital resources for access
or conservation to the information's or
collection's varied users and audiences.
DRH2003 was hosted by the School of
T
his pilot will provide the means of
registering data sets for long-term sci-
entific reference; initially geo-reference
data will be used, but the principle is
equally applicable to all scientific data.
Each primary data set, persistently identi-
fied with a DOI, will have a structured
description, facilitating its study, citation
and continued use. As well as working
towards a more standardised method of
storage, the robust nature of DOIs also
allows the data sets to be linked with other
material, for example, scientific articles that
have used the data.
T
he project leader, Dr Michael
Lautenschlager of the World Data
Centre for Climate
(http://www.mad.zmaw.de/wdcc/), said:
`This development will ameliorate current
shortcomings in data provision and inter-
disciplinary use, where data sources may
not be widely known and data are archived
without context. It will enable citations of
data in a standard manner, and facilitate
links to more specialised data schemes.The
DOI system offers us a proven well-devel-
oped system that is already widely
deployed and enables us to focus our
efforts on the scientific data aspects of the
project.'
T
he data were described by TIB as a
`vital resource' for the scientific com-
munity and their inclusion in the TIB's
collection of digital sources is an important
step in improving access to information in
the largest library of science and technolo-
gy in the world.The project is funded for
one year by the Deutsche Forschungs-
gemeinschaft (http://www.dfg.de/), and
coordinated by the World Data Center for
Climate (WDCC) at the Max-Planck-
Institut für Meteorologie in Hamburg.
A
recent issue of online technology
report Release 1.0
(http://www.edventure.com/release1/) is
W
e have found, through researching
schoolchildren's use of The
Burmese Theatre Orchestra project, that
parents and children alike derived learning
gains through this work. It is the cultural
content and the nature of the learning
activities that are fresh and interesting to
both.Who could resist composing a tune
on the Gong Chimes or Burmese clappers
online?
PUBLICATIONS
W
e are publishing our work in a
range of national and international
journals.The first in the series is: P. Dillon
& D. Prosser, `Educational Transactions in
Museum Online Learning Initiatives' in
International Journal on E-Learning, vol. 2,
no. (1), 2003, pp. 4-20.
D
etails of future publications will be
available from http://telematics.ex.
ac.uk/pubs.htm.
A
major new project will use the
Digital Object Identifier system to
persistently identify scientific data.The
German National Library of Science and
Technology (TIB, http://www.tib.de) has
recently joined the International DOI
Foundation (http://www.doi.org/wel-
come.html) and will act as a contact for
this project, which will develop DOI
implementation for data sets based on the
recommendations of a 2002 report by
CODATA, the Committee on Data for
Science and Technology of the
International Council for Science
(http://www.icsu.org): `Concept of Citing
Scientific Primary Data'.
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ROJECT
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LIGHTS THE
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ROWING
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SE OF
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50 Recent issues also include coverage of issues related to DigiCULT's upcoming Technology Watch Report: social
software, blogging and virtual community software; and Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) which
was covered in the chapter on Smart Labels and Smart Tags in Technology Watch Report 1
(http://www.digicult.info/downloads/twr2003_01_low.pdf).
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IGITAL
R
ESOURCES FOR
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UMANITIES
2003
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