Croatian DOI Agency established
With the support of the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education and approval of the NSK Governing Board, on 1 June 2017, the National and University Library in Zagreb established the Croatian DOI Agency. This establishment represents another step forward in the transition of the Library’s operations into the digital environment, enabling a better promotion of Croatian publishers and an increased visibility of Croatian authors and their work in international systems and databases. Furthermore, the Agency’s establishment and a resulting better coordination in the deposit of data will produce significant cost reductions, since the inclusion in the DOI system will now require the payment of a single annual registration fee for all publishers in Croatia, as opposed to individual annual registration fees that have been required from each publisher so far. The role of the Agency is principally the management of DOI-related administrative operations such as publisher registration, paying for DOI services on behalf of the Croatian publishers, providing technical support and organising promotion of the system with the support of the CrossRef registration agency. All journals requesting their DOIs through the Croatian DOI Agency will have the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education cover all the related expenses.
In the initial phase of its activity, the Croatian DOI Agency will make preparations for the signing of the contract with the CrossRef registration agency, complete the development and testing of the DOI administration and technical support system and establish cooperation with the University of Zagreb Computing Centre (SRCE) and Croatian Portal of Scientific Journals (HRČAK) in order to facilitate the activities of all participants involved in DOI-related activities and ensure the Agency’s maximum operational efficiency. The Agency is expected to start working with publishers in early 2018.
DOI, Digital Object Identifier, is an object identifier standardised as ISO 26324:2012 by the International Organization for Standardization which is used for the unique identification of a wide range of digital objects. Its advantage in relation to other identifiers in the digital environment is that it serves as a permanent link to any discrete particle of electronic content and makes possible the cross-referencing of its bibliographic records.
The DOI system is managed by the International DOI Foundation (IDF). Scientific resources are assigned DOIs through CrossRef, a non-profit membership organisation focusing its efforts on identifying published scientific material. CrossRef acts on behalf of another non-profit organisation, Publishers International Linking Association (PILA).