- What is the Digital Object Architecture?
- What is a Handle?
- Handle Resolution
- Who Runs the Global Handle System?
- Examples of systems based on the Digital Object Architecture/Handle System
- Standards and the Handle System
- Policy Considerations
- Trademarks and Service Marks
<quote>The Digital Object Architecture (DOA) and associated Handle System® originated at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) in the early 1990’s based on its work on digital libraries under contract for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).1 One of the original motivations for its design was the need to identify and retrieve information over long periods of time (on the order of tens or hundreds of years) so persistence was a critical design requirement. At the time it was developed, the Digital Object Architecture was an attempt to shift from a view of the Internet as organized around a set of hosts and the transport to reach them to a view in which the Internet was organized around the discovery and delivery of information in the form of digital objects.<quote>