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The DONA Foundation was constituted as a non-profit organization in Geneva, Switzerland on January 20, 2014 and registered with the Régistre du Commerce of the Confédération Suisse on February 21, 2014. DONA is multi-stakeholder in character and, except as otherwise required by Swiss law applicable to non-profit organizations, shall not be under the control of one or several governments.

As set forth in its Statutes, the purpose of DONA is to provide management, software development and other services for the technical coordination, evolution, application and other use in the public interest around the world of the Digital Object (DO) Architecture, including its logical extensions and follow-ons, with a mission to promote interoperability across heterogeneous information systems.

Within its purpose, one of DONA’s roles is to administer, manage, provide and coordinate the registration and resolution of identifiers for information in digital form structured as “digital objects” (or more abstractly “digital entities”) and related security information. Specifically, DONA is authorized to provide for the overall administration, maintenance, and coordination of the registration and resolution services operating under the name: Global Handle Registry (GHR), a key component of the DO Architecture, and is tasked with authorizing, credentialing and coordinating the GHR Services of multiple organizations around the globe known as Multi-Primary Administrators.

Announcing the start of GHR operations on a multi-primary basis


The DONA Foundation is delighted to announce that the Global Handle Registry (GHR) is now operating on a Multi-Primary Administrator (MPA) basis. The cutover from a single administrator (CNRI) to multiple administrators took place on 9 December 2015, and is expected to have very little impact on existing Handle System users. Existing handles (including prefix handles) will continue to resolve and existing prefix holders should see no interruption of their handle services.

Acquiring a new handle prefix


Current and future Handle System users that want to have new handle prefixes allotted to them should select an MPA from the list of DONA accredited MPAs and contact that MPA for information.

Last update 29 August 2016