Is anyone aware of a way for an individual developer to access the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system?
I am a software developer working in biological research but independent of any single research institution, and thus it appears the DOI system is frustratingly difficult to access. According to the doi.org website, I need to choose the appropriate Registration Agency which in my case would be DataCite. They in turn point me in the direction of my local affiliated member - being in Australia I have one choice: ANDS. But ANDS only deals with research/non-profit institutions. A request for access to a temporary appID and clientID for testing purposes was met with a polite "no".
All I want to do is to play around with developing some code to mint DOIs in a test environment. This would allow me to hit the ground running should I have the opportunity to work with DOIs in production with a client.
The impression I had is that the DOI concept has much broader applications than just large governmental or research institutions - am I mistaken?