From the British Standards Institute:
NBS [National Building Specification], BSI (British Standards Institution) and the Construction Products Association (CPA) will be inviting professionals from throughout the construction industry to participate in a major research project looking at the feasibility and usefulness of a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for building products.
Part funded by Innovate UK and launched on 1st October 2015, the research will firstly establish how a common identification system for construction products could benefit the industry, as well as defining what additional information is usefully held with a DOI. If shown to be beneficial to the industry, the later stages will build on this initial work to create a pilot system.
The project brings together the specific skills of the three organisations involved to utilise and build on the success of a scheme that is common across other sectors.
The DOI system provides an infrastructure for the registration and use of persistent, interoperable identifiers, called DOIs, for use on digital networks. The DOI Foundation was launched in 1998 and over 114 million DOI names have been registered to date across many sectors.
The first stage of the research project, which will run for two years, will involve in depth consultation with construction industry professionals including contractors and consultants as well as building product manufacturers via a series of interviews and workshops.