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    6 Policies


    This chapter describes the process of policy formulation within the International DOI Foundation and summarises current key policies.

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    6.1 Policy formulation
    6.2 Agreements
    6.3 Policies
    6.4 Implicit policies
    6.5 Ensuring persistence


    6.1 Policy formulation

    Polices are developed within the context of the IDF's By-laws and Charter. Within this scope, formal agreements are in placed between IDF and its partners. Individual policies are then defined consistent with these agreements.

    Policies are approved by the IDF Board. Policy development takes place through discussion at regular IDF strategy and members meetings, and sometimes through working groups tasked with reviewing specific areas. Policies are binding on all members of the IDF.

    The full text of polices and agreements described in this chapter, and elsewhere in the DOI Handbook, may be provided on request to


    6.2 Agreements

    Principal agreements:


    6.3 Policies

    Formal policy documents include:


    6.4 Implicit policies

    A number of policies are implicit through conformance with IDF agreements and formal policies. The main ones are:




    Data management



    6.5 Ensuring persistence

    Persistence of DOI information is a key aim of the DOI system, and is guaranteed by the DOI social infrastructure, policies and agreements. In the event of any RA ceasing to maintain DOI information, for any reason, the records will be transferred to another RA. This forms part of the legal agreement which each RA has to enter into with the International DOI Foundation.

    Persistence is the consistent availability over time of useful information about a specified entity: ultimately guaranteed by social infrastructure (through policy) and assisted by technology such as managed metadata and indirection through resolution which allows reference to a first class entity to be maintained in the face of legitimate, desirable, and unavoidable changes in associated data such as organization names, domain names, URLs, etc. Identifiers must persist in the face of legitimate change. There are legitimate, desirable, and unavoidable reasons for changing organization names, domains etc.

    'Persistence' is an imprecise term and so must be considered from specific aspects:


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