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mEDRA is the multilingual European DOI Registration Agency, officially appointed by the International DOI Foundation on 1 July 2003.

mEDRA project was born in 2002 within the eContent programme of the UE Commission.

During the pilot phase (July 2003-June 2004), mEDRA assigned more than 30.000 DOIs to publications from its early adopters, among which Il Mulino Publishing, Casalini Digital Division, SIF (Italian Society of Physics), CNIPA (Italian National Centre for IT in the Public Administration).

Both the success of the pilot phase and the interest demonstrated by publishers convinced Italian Publishers Association and its technological partner, the Interuniversity Computing Centre Cineca, to create in September 2004 a company mEDRA srl to manage the DOI Agency.

Significant partnerships for DOI promotion have been set up with international companies operating in the publishing field, such as MVB and Digilibri in Germany, Editrain in Spain, AJE in Hungary.

At last, mEDRA provides the technological platform for other DOI registration agencies: Nielsen BookData, the UK ISBN and DOI Agency, and OPOCE, the EU Publications Office.


For general informations about DOI and related topics, refer to the pages What is the DOI and How to register DOIs.