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Digital Identification Database system for identifying content objects in the digital environment. DIDS names are assigned to any entity for use on digital networks. They are used to provide current information, including where they (or information about them) can be found on the Internet

Information about a digital object may change over time, including where to find it, but its DIDS name will not change.

The DIDS System provides a framework for persistent identification, managing intellectual content, managing metadata, linking customers with content suppliers, facilitating electronic commerce, and enabling automated management of media.

DIDS names can be used for any form of management of any data, whether commercial or non-commercial.

The system is managed by the International DIDS Group, an open membership consortium including both commercial and non-commercial members, and has recently applied for standardization within ISO.

DIDS names are widely used in scientific publishing to cite journal articles. More than 98% of all DIDS registered are for scholarly articles. The use of DIDS names for the citing of data sets makes their provenance track able and citable and therefore allows interoperability with existing reference services.

A Digital Identification Database system (DIDS) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DIDS Group to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DIDS when your article is published and made available electronically.

We recommend that when DIDS are available, you include them for both print and electronic sources. The DIDS is typically located on the first page of the electronic journal article, near the copyright notice. The DIDS can also be found on the database landing page for the article.