Upcoming CDI events and speaking engagements include:

Check back often for announcements of upcoming speaking engagements by CDI staff.

Recent CDI speaking engagements include:

InfoCommerce 2004. David Sidman presented "Link to More Revenue & Greater Profitability via the DOI: Turning Open Standards into $$$ " (Wed., September 28, 2004, 1:45-2:45 pm, Philadelphia. http://www.infocommercereport.com/conference/index.html#models)

SSP Annual Meeting (pre-meeting seminar). David Sidman presented at "After the Data: Using the Latest Publishing Technology Applications." (Wed., June 2, 2004, 1:00-5:00 pm, San Francisco. http://www.sspnet.org/public/articles/index.cfm?Cat=7)

Free Private Briefing for Directory Publishers. Infocommerce Group Inc. sponsored a free, private briefing for directory publishers, complete with live prototypes already built for some of the participants. Sign-up is required and seating is limited. (Tues., April 13, 2004, 8:30-noon, in New York City. http://www.contentdirections.com/materials/infocommerce_announcement.html)

Esther Dyson's PC Forum. David Sidman participated in a roundtable discussion on digital rights management entitled "Identity for Things: Content IDs and Licensing." (Tues., March 23, Scottsdale, AZ. https://www.edventure.com/pcforum/agenda.cfm)

NYNMA, SIIA & CeBIT America's Technology Showcase 2003. CDI exhibited and met with customer/investor meetings under NYNMA's Face2Face Program. (Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003, 8:30 am - 7:00 pm, at New York’s Hilton Hotel, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY http://www.technologyshowcase.org/default.asp)

• ASIDIC Fall 2003. David Sidman presented "Electronic Resource Linking." (Mon., September 22nd 2003, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. http://www.asidic.org/meetings/fall03.htm)

• Special Libraries Association 2003 Annual Conference. David Sidman spoke at a session entitled, "Standards Updates and the Special Librarian." (Tues., June 10th 2003, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.at New York's Hilton Hotel, Hudson Suite. http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/2003annual/index.cfm)

• BookExpo America. David Sidman chaired a panel on "New Book Sales Models Enabled by the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)." (Thurs., May 29th 2003, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA. http://www.bookexpoamerica.com)

• Book Tech 2003. David Sidman and Bill Kasdorf, President, Impressions Book and Journal Services, Inc. and General Editor, Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing spoke on "Book Manufacturing: BookPublisher/Manufacturer Workflow Collaboration Using the DOI." (Tues., March 4, 2003, 8:45 - 10:00 a.m. at New York’s Hilton Hotel. http://www.booktechexpo.com)

• Book Tech 2003. David Sidman and Bill Rosenblatt, President of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, and author of “Enterprise Content Integration with the Digital Object Identifier” (http://dx.doi.org/10.1220/whitepaper5) spoke on "Workflow Management Solutions: DOI as an Alternative to a Digital Asset Management Solutions." (Mon., March 3, 2003 from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. at New York’s Hilton Hotel. http://www.booktechexpo.com)

Copyright Society of the USA. David Sidman presented to CSUSA's Young Lawyers Committee on "The DOI, Copyright, and Intellectual Property Online". (Thurs., February 6, 2003 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Princeton Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street between 5th-6th Avenues. http://www.csusa.org)

• CDI selected as one of the "Top Technology Companies of 2002" by NYNMA (New York New Media Association). (http://www.technologyshowcase.org/)

• University of Virginia Summer Publishing Institute for Professionals: "E-Publishing on a Shoestring." David Sidman spoke on "The DOI as a Marketing Tool," (Wed., June 26, 2002, 3:45 pm, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA http://uvace.virginia.edu/cup/publishing/pcsummer_institute.htm)

AFSMI New Jersey Metro Chapter May Dinner Meeting. David Sidman presented "The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for Services Businesses." (Wed., May 22, 2002 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, Intel Corporation, 1515 Route 10 East, Parsippany, NJ. http://www.afsmi-nj.org)

Natural Science Collections Alliance Meeting. Hal Espo participated in the Track 1 breakout session entitled, "Accessibility and Integration of Digital Data." (Fri., June 7, 2002 from 1:30-5:30 pm, Ripley Conference Center, Smithsonian Quadrangle, Washington, DC. http://www.ascoll.org/annualmeeting/2002/2002prog.htm)

National Online. Hal Espo taught a seminar on "Leveraging Digital Object Identifiers into Features" as part of the Track A on "Preparing Content for Electronic Publication." (Thurs., May 16, 2002 from 11:45 am-12:30 pm, NY Hilton & Towers, New York City, NY. Session A302. http://www.infotoday.com/it2002/NationalOnline.htm#thurs_track_a)

BookExpo America. David Sidman hosted a panel of leading publishers and other DOI adopters in a session called "Real-World Applications and Business Benefits of DOI." (Thurs., May 2, 2002 from 11:00 am-12:15 pm, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY. Room 1E14. http://www.bookexpoamerica.com)

Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) - Spring Seminar 2002. David Sidman taught a day-long seminar entitled "The Latest on Linking." (Tue., March 12, 2002, McGraw-Hill, 1221 Ave of the Americas, New York City, NY. Room 205. Entrance on 49th Street. http://www.sspnet.org/public/articles/index.cfm?Cat=7)

Harvard Business School's "Cyberposium 2002." David Sidman addressed Digital Rights Management issues in the Media and Entertainment industries. (Sat., February 9, 2002 from 4:00-5:00 pm, in the Aldrich Building, Harvard Business School, Cambridge MA. http://www.cyberposium.com)

BookTech East. David Sidman presented "Digital Object Identifier (DOI): What Is it And How Can It Profit Your Business?" (Tues., February 12, 2002 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the Hilton New York. http://booktechexpo.com)

The Software & Information Industry Association 2002 Information Industry Summit - Meeting the NEW Challenges. David Sidman presented "Content E-Commerce: New Approaches for Packaging and Selling Content." (Tues., January 29, 2002 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Hall at the Union League Club in New York City. http://www.siia.net/iis)

Graphic Artist Guild National Convention - Hal Espo spoke about the DOI and its relation to enforcing copyright in the digital space. (Sat., November 10, 2001, Indian Lake resort; Chicago http://www.gag.org)

NIST and NISO's Electronic Book 2001 - David Sidman presented the U.S. debut of the next stage of the DOI-EB demo, the first stage of which was demo'd at BookExpo America in May. (Tue., November 6, 2001 at 9:00 a.m. in Ballroom A http://www.itl.nist.gov/div895/ebook2001/agenda/TuesdayAgenda.html).

Frankfurt Book Fair - David Sidman presented the worldwide debut of the next stage of the DOI-EB demo, the first stage of which was demo'd at BEA in May. (Wed., October 10, 2001 at 10 a.m.; 4 p.m., Wed., October 10th; 4 p.m. Thurs., October 11; Frankfurt, Germany, http://62.41.133.132/portal-e/news-e/intro-e/frames.html)

BookTech West - Associate Director Tom Davidson participated in a panel entitled "E-Profiting from Distribute and Print: New Opportunities in Electronic Publishing." Learn about the DOI and its applications in the world of distribute-and-print opportunities. The panel will discuss cutting operating costs, generating new revenue streams, and trends in consumer technology acceptance. (Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM; San Francisco http://db.napco.com/tradeshows/btw/FMPro?-db=btwsessions&-format=record%5fdetail.htm&-lay=sessions&-recid=81&-find=)

Seybold Seminars San Francisco 2001 - CEO David Sidman participated in the "DRM Standards Update" panel as part of the Digital Rights Management (DRM) special interest day. (September 24, 2001; San Francisco http://www.key3media.com/seyboldseminars/sf2001/education/s_3_44_164_2361.shtml)

The University of Virginia Summer Publishing Institute for Professionals - CEO David Sidman was on the faculty of this intensive six-day workshop for that provided publishing professionals with "the tools to develop competitive strategies for coping with the radical changes redefining [the publishing] industry." (June 24 -29, 2001, Charlottesville, Virginia http://uvace.virginia.edu/cup/publishing/pcsummer_institute.htm)

Consortium for the Interchange of Museum Information (CIMI) Annual Meeting - CEO David Sidman and Steve Mooney of the IDF presented the DOI to the international museum community. CIMI is an organization seeking to promulgate metadata standards for museum objects. (June 22, 2001,Guggenheim Museum, New York City, http://www.cimi.org)

Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting: "Embracing the Present and the Future" - Associate Director Tom Davidson participated in a panel entitled "Digital Rights Management" moderated by Edward Colleran of the Copyright Clearance Center. (June 8, 2001; San Francisco http://www.sspnet.org/public/articles/index.cfm?cat=55)

BookExpo America 2001 - David Sidman participated in a panel entitled "Toward the Adoption of Unified eBook Standards," and demo'ed of a series of prototype applications that represent the vanguard of the Book industry's collective adoption of the DOI for eBook content. This was the first unveiling of prototypes from the "DOI-EB" project, a book-industry-wide project sponsored by the International DOI Foundation, with participation by major publishers including McGraw-Hill, Random House/Bertelsmann, and John Wiley & Sons, among others. The applications demonstrated the power of the DOI as a routing mechanism for e-commerce, resource discovery, distribution-chain efficiency, etc., and were live applications functioning across the Internet, using real DOIs from real publishers, real Content Directions registration/lookup infrastructure, and the real global DOI directory for resolution and routing. (May 31, 2001; Chicago http://www.bookexpoamerica.com)

National Online 2001 - David Sidman presented "Business Value and Implementation Considerations for the DOI" with Larry Lannom of CNRI (May 17, 2001; New York http://www.infotoday.com/it2001/nationalonline2001.htm)

Content World 2001 - Tom Davidson presents "Tutorial: the Digital Object Identifier (DOI)" (May 18, 2001; San Francisco, CA http://www.contentworld.com)

Women In Production (WIP) luncheon: "The Evolution of Publishing Rights" - CEO David Sidman participated in a panel discussing the difficulty of seamlessly acquiring and selling the rights to the digital content they create or use. (April 27, 2001, New York http://www.wip.org)

Directory and Database Publishers Forum and Network (DPFN) Seminar: "New Ways to Make New Money" - CEO David Sidman spoke on the DOI and Digital Asset Management. (April 25, 2001, New York http://www.dpfn.com/news/upcoming.shtml)

University of Virginia & Library of Congress Seventh Annual Seminar: "PUBLISHING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: MANAGING OUR OWN EVOLUTION" - David Sidman spoke on two panels ("How the Internet Is Changing Publishing: Stories from the Front" on April 20, 2001, and "Building Your Digital Content Repository" on April 21, 2001) and delivers a talk entitled "Metadata: Why it Matters." (Library of Congress, Washington, DC http://www.uvace.virginia.edu/cup/publishing/media.htm)

Seybold Seminars Boston 2001 - David Sidman spoke at the opening session of the Digital Rights Management (DRM) special interest day. (April 9, 2001; Boston http://planner.key3media.com/seyboldseminars/boston2001/planner/sessiondetail.cfm?id=1358)

SIIA Annual Spring Conference - David Sidman presented "The Digital Object Identifier: Keystone to DRM" (San Diego, March 12, 2001 http://www.siia.net/spring2001/voi.html#keystone)

AAP Small & Independent Publishers conference (Washington, February 2001 http://www.publishers.org/confpub/020701more.htm)

NIST/NISO Digital Cinema 2001 - David Sidman's presentation available from ftp://ftp.nist.gov/pub/digitalcinema/Sidman.ppt (Gaithersburg, January 2001 http://digitalcinema.nist.gov/agenda.html)

STM International (London, December 2000 http://www.stm-assoc.org/news/2000-3/prog-b.html)

Open eBook Forum Working Group Summit 2 (Denver, December 2000, http://www.openebook.org/oebf_summit_2_descriptions.htm)

SIIA "Monetizing Digital Content" -David Sidman presented "The Changing Information Consumer," and also represented the publisher's viewpoint on a panel entitled "Digital Rights Management Summit." (Washington, September 22-23, 2000 http://www.siia.net/events/conferences/monetize/program.htm)

Fulcrum's "E-Books & Beyond" - David Sidman presented "The E-Commerce Aspects of Interactive E-Books and E-Publishing Products." (New York City, Sept. 18-19, 2000 http://www.fulcruminfo.com/fulcruminfo/handbooks_view1.asp?sku=00904C)

Hewlett-Packard internal Thought Leaders' Conference on "Business Opportunities in the Publishing Industry." (Palo Alto, Sept. 11-12, 2000).

CEO David Sidman has also presented extensively at many other publishing and technology conferences including: Frankfurt Book Fair, STM International, the annual AAP/PSP conference, NISO, Vista, CNI, SSP, and the Publishing & Communications Institute.


 


December, 5, 2005:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS BECOMES “LINKSTORM” AS COMPANY FOCUSES ON ONLINE ADS, MARKETING
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August, 31, 2005:
GLOBAL MARKET BRIEFINGS ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH CONTENT DIRECTIONS TO IMPROVE ONLINE ACCESS TO ITS 
PUBLICATIONS VIA DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIERS (DOIs)
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June 6, 2005:
U.S. ISBN AGENCY R.R. BOWKER ANNOUNCES ONLINE MARKETING SERVICE FOR THE BOOK INDUSTRY
 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CONTENT DIRECTIONS
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March 17, 2005:
EPYGI AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS BREAK NEW GROUND TO LAUNCH WORLD'S FIRST 
INTERACTIVE, MULTILINK-DRIVEN AD
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March 15, 2005:
McGRAW-HILL’S NEW DIGITAL ENGINEERING LIBRARY OFFERS PINPOINT ACCESS TO INFORMATION 
WITH ‘SUPER’ URLS
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October 25, 2004:
HUGH BROWNSTONE JOINS CONTENT DIRECTIONS, INC. AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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October 4, 2004:
BSG AND CDI CREATE PARTNERSHIP TO IMPROVE E-COMMERCE IN THE UK MARKET VIA DIGITAL OBJECT 
IDENTIFIERS (DOIs)
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August 16, 2004:
GREENWOOD PUBLISHING, IMPRESSIONS AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS TO BOOST BOOK DISCOVERABILITY VIA DIGITAL OBJECT 
IDENTIFIERS (DOIs)
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August 5, 2004:
ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING SERVICES LTD (EPS) RELEASES WHITE PAPER DOCUMENTING THE BUSINESS CASE 
FOR DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIERS (DOIs) IN CONTENT DISTRIBUTION
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July 21, 2004:
McGRAW-HILL PROFESSIONAL APPLIES DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIERS (DOIs) TO AccessScience CONTENT
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July 15, 2004:
MARKETRESEARCH.COM AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS, INC. ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO IMPLEMENT 
DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIERS
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March 17, 2004:
IBOOKS, IPICTUREBOOKS AND CHILDRENSELIBRARY SIGN WITH CONTENT DIRECTIONS TO IMPLEMENT DOIs
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August 6, 2003:
SNAPSHOTS INTERNATIONAL AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS ASSIGN DOIs TO MARKET RESEARCH REPORTS
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May 30 , 2003:
McGRAW-HILL EDUCATION AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF FIRST
DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIERS (DOIs)
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April 10, 2003:
GALE APPLIES DOIs TO ITS ENTIRE E-DOC OFFERING TO FACILITATE DISCOVERABILITY ON THE WEB AND DRIVE PURCHASES

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April 8, 2003:
THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PUBLISHERS AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS SIGN COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT TO REGISTER DOIs

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March 11, 2003:
PARAVIEW PUBLISHING AND PUBLISHING DIMENSIONS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO IMPLEMENT DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIERS

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January 29, 2003:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS INC.
AND PUBLISHING DIMENSIONS ANNOUNCE THAT THEY HAVE ENTERED INTO A STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

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January 15, 2003:
THE HUMANA PRESS AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS SIGN COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT TO REGISTER DOIs

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January 9, 2003:
BUSINESS & LEGAL REPORTS (BLR) AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS INITIATE PROJECT TO IMPLEMENT THE DOI FOR BETTER
LINKING AND MARKETING OF INFORMATION PRODUCTS
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November 25 , 2002:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS INC. AND GALE, A PART OF THE THOMPSON CORPORATION, SIGN A COMPREHENSIVE AGREEEMENT TO REGISTER DOIs
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October 22, 2002:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS INC. SELECTED AS ONE OF THE TOP TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES BY THE NEW YORK NEW MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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October 11, 2002:
RAND AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS INC. SIGN COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT TO REGISTER DOIs
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August 20, 2002:
CORBIS® AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS ANNOUNCE THE SIGNING OF A COMPREHENSIVE REGISTRATION AGREEMENT WHEREBY CORBIS WILL BEGIN REGISTERING DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIERS (DOIs) ACROSS A PILOT PRODUCT LINE.
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June 27, 2002:
GIANTSTEPS MEDIA TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIES & CONTENT DIRECTIONS ISSUE WHITE PAPER QUANTIFYING THE BUSINESS CASE FOR INFORMATION PUBLISHERS TO IMPLEMENT THE DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER (DOI)
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May 9, 2002:
STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY’S ONLINE SCHOOL SIGNS DOI PACT WITH CONTENT DIRECTIONS
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February 12, 2002:
McGRAW-HILL EDUCATION AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS SIGN COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT TO REGISTER DOIs
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February 6, 2002:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS’ FOUNDER TO ADDRESS DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT ISSUES IN THE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES, AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL "CYBERPOSIUM 2002" CONFERENCE
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January 21, 2002:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS AND SEALEDMEDIA PARTNER TO COMBINE CONTENT SECURITY AND CONTENT MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES
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November 1, 2001:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS TO PRESENT U.S. DEBUT OF FIVE NEW DOI DEMONSTRATIONS AT NIST/NISO ELECTRONIC BOOK 2001 CONFERENCE, AS PHASE 2 OF INDUSTRY-WIDE "DOI-EB" PROJECT
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October 10, 2001:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS PRESENTS 5 NEW DOI DEMONSTRATIONS AT FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR, AS PHASE 2 OF INDUSTRY-WIDE "DOI-EB" PROJECT
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October 10, 2001:
INTERNATIONAL DOI FOUNDATION (IDF) AND CONTENT DIRECTIONS PRESENT "DOI-EB" PROJECT DEMONSTRATIONS AT THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR
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October 10, 2001:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS AND iCOPYRIGHT ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
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September 28, 2001:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS, INC. REGISTERS FIRST OFFICIAL DOI FOR MCGRAW-HILL INC.

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July 23, 2001:
DEMO OF BOOK INDUSTRY DOI APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE OF CONTENT DIRECTIONS, INC.

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May 29, 2001:
SIDMAN TO DEMO E-BOOK APPLICATIONS AT BOOKEXPO AMERICA; IS APPOINTED HEAD OF TECHNICAL EFFORTS FOR E-BOOK PROJECT

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May 29, 2001:
CONTENT DIRECTIONS, INC. APPROVED BY IDF AS FIRST COMMERCIAL DOI REGISTRATION AGENCY
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The Joy of DOI: Publishers Start to Get Serious About Persistent Online Content by John Blossom, ShoreLines, Shore Communications Inc., 26 July 2004. http://www.contentdirections.com/materials/shoreline.htm

"DOIs - Networking the World" by Margot Williams, Publications Director, Snapshots International. Published in CIG Yearbook 2004. http://dx.doi.org/10.1337/Networking_the_World

"DOI in 2004: Where are the tipping points?" by Nick Dempsey and Margherita Caccavale, EPS Focus Report. January 2004. http://dx.doi.org/10.1343/EPS_Focus_Report_DOI_in_2004

"Not Your Father's DOI: New Applications Show Wider Promise" by Steve Sieck, EPS Update Note. June 30, 2003. http://doi.contentdirections.com/eps/EPS_Not_Your_Father.pdf

"Stevens Institute Web Courses Use DOI" by Calvin Reid. Publishers Weekly. Volume 249, Number 22, June 3, 2002, p. 15. http://publishersweekly.reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleId=CA220473&display=searchResults

"McGraw-Hill Education to Register DOIs." Information Today, Volume 19, Issue 4, April 2002. http://www.infotoday.com/it/apr02/news14.htm

"DOI: The Missing Link for Infocommerce." InfoCommerce, Volume 2, Number 2, November 2001, pages 8-9.
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"Selling Books with the DOI," by Calvin Reid. Publishers Weekly. Volume 248, Number 43, October 22, 2001, p. 28. http://publishersweekly.reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleid=CA178958

"E-Book Project Highlights Role of DOI in Selling Digital Content," by Mark Walter, The Seybold Report, June 18, 2001, http://www.seyboldreports.com/TSR/free/0106/ebooks.html

The DOI project has also been written up four times in The New York Times:

"Compressed Data: Tags Could Help Keep E-Book Links Alive," by Lisa Guernsey, Monday, June 18, 2001. Content Directions and founder David Sidman cited. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/18/technology/18LINK.html

"Books by the Chapter or Verse Arrive on the Internet This Fall," by Lisa Guernsey, Tuesday, July 18, 2000, page 1. CDI founder David Sidman quoted.

"Electronic 'Branding' Receives Accolades at the Frankfurt Book Fair," by Doreen Carvajal, Monday October 20, 1997. Describes Mr. Sidman demonstrating the DOI system at the Wiley booth.

"An Electronic Sheriff to Battle Book Rustling," by Doreen Carvajal, Monday Sep 22, 1997.

And on MSNBC:

"Internet Pioneer Urges Overhaul," by Elliot Zaret, MSNBC.com, November 21, 2000, http://www.doi.org/news/msnbc_rkahn_interview.pdf

The IDF maintains a list of links to more general DOI-related press coverage. Please see http://www.doi.org/recent_press.html.

1994-1996
1994 -1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003

1994-95
•AAP's Enabling Technologies Committee defines need for unique identifier to enable e-commerce market for online content and to protect copyright online. AAP commissions research study of identifiers in other online content industries.

January 1996

•CDI Founder and CEO David Sidman joins Wiley as Director of New Publishing Technologies; joins AAP's Enabling Technologies Committee as it begins defining detailed business requirements for what will become the DOI system.

Summer 1996
•AAP issues request for proposals; selects CNRI/Bowker. Launches prototype project.

1997
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- 2003

Spring 1997
•First meeting of prototype project. Participating publishers must commit to bringing 5-10 examples of actual content tagged with DOIs. David Sidman, on behalf of Wiley, brings 70,000 DOIs representing all of its online scientific journal content, at 4 levels of granularity (articles, abstracts, journal issue, journal title); shares its methodology for tagging/registering DOIs on a large-scale basis.

Summer 1997
•Academic Press "sees Wiley's 70,000, raises it 70,000" by tagging all of its own online journal articles. Frankfurt Book Fair (October) declared as "go live" target date.

October 1997
•DOI System goes live at the Frankfurt Book Fair; receives endorsements from IPA, STM International, plus many individual publishers worldwide. Featured in NY Times (October 20, 1997). System is fully "open for business," with policies, procedures, pricing and automated facilities in place to accept purchases of publisher prefixes (constructed by Wiley, the AAP and CNRI), and with DOI registration/maintenance being handled by CNRI on behalf of the AAP.

•International DOI Foundation (IDF) established, with offices in Washington & Geneva, to develop policies and governance procedures, and to administer the system via service contract with CNRI. IDF is non-profit, supported primarily by membership fees, and chaired by Charles Ellis (CEO, John Wiley & Sons).

December 1997
•First DOI workshop for technology vendors (DRM, CMS, etc.) held in NY, organized by Bill Rosenblatt (then of Sun Microsystems). That morning, in a meeting organized by David Sidman, DOI project team defines need for a metadata database to allow for DOI lookups (like a "DOI Phone Book").This is forecast (correctly) to be the first "killer app" needed to enable widespread adoption and application of DOIs.

1998
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- 2003

March 1998
•Dr. Norman Paskin (Reed Elsevier) appointed first IDF Director.

Summer 1998
•AAP transfers trademarks to IDF; website launched (www.doi.org)

Summer 1998
•David Sidman organizes a project at Wiley to develop a metadata database, to enable batch-mode lookups of DOIs and thus provide a platform for applications such as reference linking across the scientific journal literature.

October 1998
•At the 1998 Frankfurt Book Fair, David Sidman demonstrates live, working metadata database; shows mock-up of end-to-end process for cross-linking journal references across publishers; calls for cross-publisher collaboration. Follows up with demos at the Wiley booth accompanied by Dr. Robert Kahn of CNRI.

1999
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March 1999
•Dr. Paskin appoints David Sidman to chair IDF Metadata Policy Committee, to develop policies, business models, and prototyping guidelines for DOI metadata.

June 1999
•AAP Enabling Technologies Committee initiates DOI-X project to take the Wiley metadata database cross-publisher. Eight companies join, with Frankfurt '99 as the target "go live" date. Project is chaired by Howard Ratner (Springer-Verlag), project-managed by David Sidman, and developed by CNRI/Wiley.

October 1999
•DOI-X goes live on schedule at Frankfurt Book Fair, with registration facilities built (publishers can register both DOIs/URLs and metadata into the system in a single pass), the metadata database enhanced and populated with cross-publisher DOIs, and an XML DTD defined and implemented for Journal Article metadata. ("Reference Linking with DOIs" a report on the DOI-X project, is published in D-Lib magazine, February, 2000).

Nov 1999
•CrossRef established: non-profit organization, funded jointly by 12 member publishers (now 200+), to permanently operationalize DOI-X and cross-link the world's scientific journal literature using DOI. Chaired by Eric Swanson (Wiley), with Director Ed Pentz (seconded from Academic Press).

2000
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Summer 2000
•Drafting of DOI Handbook (Adobe Acrobat version available here) begins, with the aim of documenting all IDF governance policies and guidelines for use of the system.

July 2000
•David Sidman resigns from Wiley in order to devote himself full-time to promoting the adoption of the DOI across content sectors other than STM Journal Publishing.

August 2000
•Content Directions, Inc. (CDI) incorporated with David Sidman as Founder and CEO.

September 2000
•CDI forms its first strategic partnerships.

October 2000
•Frankfurt Book Fair includes announcement that Microsoft will bundle native Handle System support into its eBook Reader by end of 2001. "DOI-EB" project also announced, to develop a "DOI genre" for eBooks modeled after the DOI-X project for scientific journals. CDI wins its first paying customers for its DOI consulting services. CDI begins acquiring staff and receives its first "Angel" investment.

November 2000
•AAP releases "Numbering Standards for Ebooks," the culmination of a months-long study conducted by the AAP, several leading publishers, and Andersen Consulting, in which the DOI is recommended as the identifier of choice for eBooks.

•Working with several major eBook publishers, CDI begins detailed design of the services and facilities needed to make the DOI viable in a commercial environment.

December 2000
•With permission from the AAP and Wiley, CDI assumes responsibility for hosting and managing the MICI website, a clearinghouse for information on worldwide metadata projects, standards, and other initiatives.MICI had been developed and populated by David Sidman when he chaired the AAP Metadata committee (1998-99).

2001
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January 2001
•CDI launches additional marketing push into Financial Publishing, Music, Film/Video, and Photography.

February 2001
•CDI significantly ramps up staff, completes ONIX-compatible database, builds initial infrastructure needed to support commercial DOI applications, and prototypes a series of ecommerce and DRM applications for its technology partners to develop.

•DOI-EB project launched, with aim of developing business applications based on the DOI for eBooks.

March 2001
•CDI secures additional Angel investment; enters final stages of due diligence with several major VC firms; seeks approval from the IDF as a DOI Registration Agency.

•Corporate website launched at www.contentdirections.com.

April 2001
•After a lengthy and rigorous review by the International DOI Foundation, CDI is approved as the first commercial DOI Registration Agency and as such is authorized to issue publisher prefixes and register DOIs and their associated metadata.

May 2001
CEO David Sidman is named by the International DOI Foundation (IDF) to lead all technical efforts associated with the initial sale prototypes within the DOI-EB (E-Books) project.

•CDI unveils prototype applications from the DOI-EB project that represent the vanguard of the Book industry's collective adoption of the DOI for eBook content. CEO David Sidman presented the applications at BookExpo America in Chicago (May 31, 2001). The applications demonstrated the power of the DOI as a routing mechanism for e-commerce, resource discovery, distribution-chain efficiency, etc., and are live applications functioning across the Internet, using real DOIs from real publishers, real Content Directions registration/lookup infrastructure, and the real global DOI directory for resolution and routing.

October 2001
•Content Directions presents five new DOI demonstrations at the Frankfurt Book Fair in this global debut of Phase 2 of the industry-wide DOI-EB project.

November 2001
•CDI presents the five new DOI demos at the NIST/NISO Electronic Book 2001 Conference. This represents the U.S. debut of Phase 2 of the industry-wide DOI-EB project sponsored by the International DOI Foundation (IDF), with participation by major publishers including McGraw-Hill, Random House/Bertelsmann, and John Wiley & Sons, and technology vendors including Adobe, Microsoft, iCopyright, NetPaper and others. These Phase 2 demos expand further upon the Sales & Marketing functionality of the DOI and show that the technology sector is now beginning to embrace the DOI in a major way. Press release includes quotes/endorsements from Dr. Robert Kahn (CNRI), Harold McGraw III (McGraw-Hill), James Alexander (Adobe), Steve Stone (Microsoft), James Alexander (Adobe), Mark Miller (NetPaper), and others.

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February 2002
•CDI signs first major customer (McGraw-Hill Education) to a comprehensive agreement to register DOIs across its entire publishing program. CDI also announces strategic partnership with Sealed Media, a leading Digital Rights Management Vendor.

May 2002
Stevens Institute of Technology signs pact with CDI to use DOIs within it's online courses.

August 2002
Corbis announces that it will use CDI to register DOIs across a pilot project line.

October 2002
•CDI is selected as one ot the top technology companies by the New York New Media Association.

Rand and CDI sign comprehensive agreement to register DOIs.

November 2002
Gale, a division of Thompson Corp., signs a comprehensive agreement with CDI to register DOIs.

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January 2003
•CDI signs registration agreement with The Humana Press, completes a strategic alliance with Publishing Dimensions and intiates a DOI-based project with Business and Legal Reports.

McGraw-Hill DOIs go live on its Web site.

March 2003
Paraview Publishing and CDI strategic partner Publishing Dimensions announce agreement to register DOIs.

April 2003
AAP signs with CDI to register DOIs.

Gale applies DOIs to its entire E-Doc product line.

•See examples of DOI implementations from CDI's major customers.

FOR MORE RECENT EVENTS PLEASE SEE "CDI in the News" and "Press Releases."

 

The DOI standard has been received favorably by global information companies, publishers, and technology specialists, as well as in the press. Here’s a sampling:

Dr. Robert Kahn, recipient of the U.S. government’s National Medal of Technology for his role as principal architect of the Internet in the early 1970s, and President of the non-profit Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) which developed the DOI’s underlying “handle” technology about five years ago: “With the help of efforts like the DOI, the Internet is poised to reach the next level as an information-sharing environment. Whereas the ‘first-generation’ Internet successfully interconnected diverse computer systems and networks at the level of communicating packets, the next generation will unify diverse information storehouses, resource discovery mechanisms, and cross-system communications at the information level. The applications demonstrated here…prove that this potential is already being demonstrated by use of the DOI and related technology being brought to market by Content Directions and the other participants. These applications represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of the economic value that will be unleashed by the widespread adoption of this new approach.”

The Seybold Report • Analyzing Publishing Technologies • June 18, 2001
E-book Project Highlights Role of DOI in Selling Digital Content, by Mark Walter
Headline: As standards for numbering and metadata come into focus, the “bar code for digital content” will be grease for the e-commerce distribution chain driving sales of digital goods.
• “Our Take” •
“We’ve been covering the DOI since its inception, and we continue to support it as a key standard for e-commerce in the media and publishing sectors. The importance of the DOI-EB project is that it creates a public demo that helps educate the community about how DOIs can operate in the context of e-books. At the same time, it fleshes out the improvements that must be made to its system for all parties—publishers, retailers and distributors—to adopt the DOI. The project also has implications for fledgling efforts to get cross-vendor compatibility in digital rights management (DRM)… [I]t’s important to look at how the DOI dovetails with other standards efforts and technology developments taking place on the Net. Here, too, we see encouraging signs…In short, although DOI was initiated by commercial publishers to help them sell intellectual property, its implementation is being carefully crafted to complement other standards and technology developments being developed for the Web and Internet at large. Such interdependencies are crucial to achieving the long-term goal, which is enabling the business of selling content to run more efficiently.”

The Bulletin: Seybold News & Views on Electronic Publishing • Volume 7, No. 1 • October 10, 2001
Headline: Phase 2 of DOI-EB Unveiled at Frankfurt
• “Our Take” •
“Although the DOI-EB project is designed to specifically address the DOI's utility for commercially published e-books, its impact is rippling farther than the journal project that preceded it. In part, that's because trade books, unlike most journals, follow a distribution chain that's geared toward selling in high volumes. Large volumes attract big-name companies that help create markets. Thus, the endorsement of DOI by both Microsoft and Adobe for their e-book product lines is a big boost for publishers' efforts to establish the DOI as an important standard and system for our industry. Agreement between such heavyweight rivals helps reassure smaller developers that the DOI bandwagon is a safe one to ride. Now that the first DOI-enabled e-book has reached the market, the next hurdle to clear will be obtaining buy-in from the retailers. If they opt to use it for e-books, it could be a stepping-stone toward the adoption of DOI for other types of digital goods.”

James Alexander, Director of eBooks, Adobe Systems: "Adobe is pleased to join publishers, technology providers, and other organizations in IDF's DOI for e-books project. Adobe supports the development of e-book industry standards for identifiers, metadata, digital rights management, and other areas. Adobe® Acrobat® eBook Reader(tm) and Adobe® Content Server(tm) already support DOIs as e-book identifiers. In the future, Digital Object Identifiers can help standardize the identification and location of e-books, expand the variety of e-book transactions, and enable access to rich sources of information."

Steve Stone, General Manager, Microsoft eBook Business Unit (commenting on the DOI demonstrations as they were unveiled at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2001): "Microsoft has been involved with the DOI ever since the creation of the IDF in 1997, including serving on the Board. Today's applications deliver on the commercial promise of the DOI and point the way to a viable marketplace for digital content. Content Directions and the other vendors have shown that they can cooperate successfully in a pre-competitive manner, under the sponsorship and guidance of the IDF, to create some important infrastructure that can now be used by all content providers."

Dr. Norman Paskin, Director of the International DOI Foundation (at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 2001): “The DOI Registration Agency demonstrations showed how a publisher can facilitate the sale of digital intellectual property while enabling the management and protection of copyright. This year’s event marks a milestone for the publishing industry and the unveiling of proven commercial implementations that can be applied to text, images, audio, and audio visual content.”

Mike O’Donnell, CEO of iCopyright: “Content Directions, the first commercial DOI Registration Agency, is making the promises of DOI a reality. The combined content registration platforms of CDI and iCopyright provide a compelling set of services that help publishers protect and monetize their content. iCopyright is proud to be the first company in the DRM space to formally commit to building DOI-enabled products which integrate with CDI’s registration process and routing mechanisms. We look forward to working with CDI to advance online publishing and the profitability of our respective clients.”

Mark Miller, President of NetPaper: “The DOI not only facilitates this process for NetPaper's automated system for publishers by replacing all URLs with permanent, reliable DOIs, it also streamlines the back-office accounting and reporting – sales tracking, billing, financial reporting, royalty calculation, etc. Publishers are able to offer new products including pre-publication, niche, out-of-stock, and otherwise out-of-print books as well as the customization and personalization we have shown at Frankfurt. Publishers are also able to open new channels without having to provide copies of their materials; they only need to provide a window to their catalog and content. We are pleased to have shown this capability with Harvard Business School Publishing Case Studies.”

Bob Bolick, Vice President and Director of New Business Development for McGraw-Hill: "The ability of the DOI to connect the viewer to multiple points of information on the Web – about the book, the author, the publisher, the bookseller – is a 'powertool' for marketing. And the fact that everyone in the value chain can be involved and benefit is tremendous."
And, earlier:
“Because an identifier standard and metadata standard are key to achieving some form of interoperability among digital rights management systems and e-book formats, this DOI-EB work strikes me as one of the most important efforts occurring in our industry this year.”

Pat Schroeder, President and CEO of the American Association of Publishers: “We are witnessing a rebirth of the publishing industry, and our standards lay the ground work for making more e-books available. They make it easier for consumers to find books and for authors and publishers to get into the market.”

Peter Jovanovich, CEO of Pearson Education: “The publishing industry is rapidly moving into the e-book market. These standards will be absolutely essential in creating a working model that will meet the needs of all the players.”

Robert Miller, Chairman of the American Association of Publishers and Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Hyperion: “These new standards give publishers, booksellers, authors and readers a set of tools with which they can develop a coherent and secure electronic book market place. It’s critical that we continue to work together so that everyone in the publishing community will benefit from the digital world.”

Robert Kiernan, Chairman of Routledge, London-based publisher of journals humanities and social sciences: “It’s really laying down the path to the future. I think the acceptance is nearly universal. The levels of enthusiasm range from ho-hum to brilliant. What we have to do is present its availability to the market place. I don’t think it will be a revolution, but it will be faster than evolution.”

Carol Risher then with the American Association of Publishers: “This is the foundation for commerce, the first stop in developing tools for putting valuable properties up on the Internet.”

Dietrich Gotze, Chief Executive of Axel Spriner Verlag A.G.: “It’s one of the most important events in publishing for this century, and I don’t think I’m saying too much.”

Karl Bergfors of Studentlitteratur, a Swedish college textbook publishing company: ”It seems to be the solution that we’ve been waiting for and discussing for two years. I think this is it.”

 

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