March 1998-Dr. Norman Paskin (Reed
Elsevier) appointed first IDF Director.
Summer 1998-AAP transfers trademarks to
IDF; website launched (www.doi.org)
Wiley begins developing Metadata Database, to enable batch-mode lookups of DOIs and thus provide platform for
applications such as reference
linking across the scientific journal literature.
October 1998-At the 1998 Frankfurt Book
Fair, David Sidman (Wiley) demonstrates
live, working Metadata Database; shows mock-up of end-to-end process for cross-linking journal references
across publishers; calls for
March 1999-Dr. Paskin appoints David
Sidman to chair IDF Metadata Policy Committee,
to develop policies, business models, and prototyping guidelines for DOI metadata.
June 1999-AAP Enabling Technologies
Committee initiates DOI-X project to take
the Wiley Metadata Database cross-publisher.14 companies join, with
Frankfurt 99 as the target go live date.Project is chaired by
Howard Ratner (Springer-Verlag), project-managed by David Sidman (Wiley), developed by CNRI/Wiley.