A DOI, or digital object identifier, is an exclusive identifier linked with an object. An “object” can be anything you want to manage, such as a physical asset, like a DVD, or online content. DOIs can be assigned on granular levels to suit varying needs—a large collection, a book within a collection, a map within a book, and so forth.
It is challenging to manage and keep track of a large number of assets. Users have different ways to locate your digital assets, which can also make updating assets problematic. Digital assets also evolve: a single video might be transformed into various formats, in different languages, and in extended or edited variations. You might even come up with new services to offer with your assets. Therefore, tracking asset movement is a challenge in itself. Without the efficient management of comprehensive data, sharing content with others becomes increasingly difficult. Poor management could also lead to inefficient operations, lost opportunities, and mishandling of data. This situation is why DOIs offer so many advantages—for you and for your stakeholders. A DOI can permanently identify an object or content; and, when DOIs are combined with metadata, they can be modified over time to help you keep track of their characteristics and locations.
Benefits of DOI
Save time and money:
DOIs are based on a common standard that includes agreed-upon, semantic content. This consistency makes sharing data from multiple sources easier.
You can maximize the value of your content by sharing it with multiple users without losing the context.
DOIs make it easier to track assets across various output formats.
Objects with similar properties can be grouped within a single class, making it easier to manage in one process.
Permanently identify objects:
Your users can easily find information about your assets, as the assets are always tracked.
The associated metadata can be revised over time, enabling you to add or edit the description of objects according to your services, better facilitate transactions, integrate your information with clients’ data, and so forth.
Track and locate assets easily:
Not only can DOIs locate your assets, they can locate them within multiple locations with a degree of certainty. For instance, a DOI can easily locate the same object in a publisher’s hosted content and in a third-party open database.
With the help of links, DOIs can include additional information in their metadata.
By making it easier to find information and share it with multiple users, DOIs open up new opportunities to create applications suitable to your sector or industry. MPS takes pride in working strategically with its clients to ensure the highest quality in digital content production. Now, MPS can help you easily modify, evolve, and digitize your content.