As of this week, there are 80,000,000 scholarly items registered with Crossref!
By the way, we update these interesting Crossref stats regularly and you can search the metadata.
The 80 millionth scholarly item is [drumroll…] Management Approaches in Beihagi History from the journal Oman Chapter of Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review, published by Al Manhal in the United Arab Emirates.
There have been loads of changes since Wiley registered “Designer selves: Construction of technologically mediated identity within graphical, multiuser virtual environments” with the DOI
http://0-dx.doi.org.libcat.lafayette.edu/10.1002/(SICI)1097-4571(1999)50:10<855::AID-ASI3>3.0.CO;2-6), which happens to have been Crossref’s first official DOI (after many prototype deposits).
In the beginning, most of our new members came from the United States and Europe. Now, lots of our members and affiliates come from other parts of the world.
Ed Pentz was Crossref’s first (and only) employee in February 2000. Now it takes 30 of us to manage the 80 million records and over 5,300 participating organizations and to work on projects like Crossref Event Data, 'early content registration’ , and all the new stuff you’ll be hearing about later this year.
Maybe in the context of social media services (e.g. Facebook users) 80,000,000 does not seem like such a big number. But 80,000,000 is an important milestone. Just think —
There are also 80 million microbes in a 10 second kiss [Microbiome, 2014, 2:41, Kort et al].
And after 80 million years of extinction events, we’re all still here!
Crossref has 80 million registered content items