Digital Object Identifier

n. (abbr. DOI) A standard string of characters used to distinguish and identify intellectual property in an electronic environment over an extended period of time.


The DOI System is an implementation of the Handle System, which is a distributed computer system that stores names, or handles, of digital items and that can quickly resolve those names into the information necessary to locate and access the items. See Syntax for the Digital Object Identifier (ANSI/NISO Z39.84).