[open-bibliography] DOIs and openbiblio
pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Wed Feb 2 10:04:50 GMT 2011
On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 9:24 AM, Adrian Pohl <adrian.pohl at okfn.org> wrote:
> Isabel Holroyd of biab online asked me how the DOI system should be
> assessed in the light of the Principles on Open Bibliographic Data or
> Open Knowledge in general.
> In my opinion, this question isn't that easy to answer because on one
> side DOIs aren't open in the sense that not anybody can provide DOIs
> but on the other side they are open in the sense that anybody can use,
> aggregate and disseminate already published DOIs. And it is this open
> use and reuse of bibliographic data the openbiblio principles adress.
> So, I believe, you can't deduce a recommendation to use or not use
> DOIs from the principles. As I am not that familiar with the DOI
> system, there might be other problems with it - e.g. with long-term
> availibility of a free resolving mechanism or other.
I think if we regard them as identiers and not resolvable addresses then we
have the simpler question of whether identifiers are copyright. ACS regard
their CAS identifiers as copyright - this is legal but not
The best answer is probably to ask DOI/Crossref. If they say NO, then we
don't use them, if they say YES we use them if they say fudge we use them
with a take-down. I am fairly optimistic they will say yes.
> What do you think?
> All the best
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