OT: DataCite Recommends "doi:" Scheme Prefix

(Posted here so I don't forget it and others can find it...)

In the latest DataCite Metadata Kernel document, section "2.2 Citation", DataCite recommends ("prefers" is their term) that original-format DOIs used in citations include the doi: scheme prefix. ("Original format" refers to non-URL DOIs.) Unfortunately, the DataCite Metadata Kernel document does not mention that the string doi: is a scheme prefix, making it hard to find.

An example DOI with the scheme prefix is doi:10.1006/ijhc.1996.0110.

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Mark -

I've been thinking lately about citing my Perl work in journal articles, specifically via a doi. Do you know if there is any doi provider for Perl modules? I strongly suspect not, but figured I'd check with somebody else thinking about these things. :-)

DOI is big business. There are some registration agencies that provide free DOI registration for recognised academic institutions, but outside that world you need to pay quite a bit to register DOIs.

DOIs are really just a form of persistent URI; and if you want that, then IMHO you're better off going the PURL route. A few years ago I set up a PURL identifier system for all CPAN distributions, with identifiers taking the form:

http://purl.org/NET/cpan-uri/dist/%s/project

(where %s is the distribution name, such as Role-Tiny)

The system serves RDF data about the distribution using the DOAP vocabulary. It's in need of some overhaul - I'd like it to make use of the MetaCPAN API.

How do DOIs compare to ISBNs? I had to get one of those recently, and it was basically "bend over and accept Bowker's thorny shaft." Has some useless company with a mutex and an integer managed to corner the DOI market as well?

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