Welcome to the web site of the Handle.Net Registry (HNR), run by Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). CNRI is a Multi-Primary Administrator (MPA) of the Global Handle Registry (GHR), authorized by the DONA Foundation to allot prefixes to users of the Handle System. The DONA Foundation is a technical management organization that has taken over responsibility for the evolution of CNRI's Digital Object (DO) Architecture including outreach around the world. One of the Foundation's responsibilities is to administer and maintain the overall operation of the GHR, a task that was previously performed by CNRI.
The Handle.Net Registry will allot prefixes of the form "20.500" followed by four or more digits (i.e., 20.500.1234). Users who are allotted a prefix from the HNR will have their associated prefix handle records registered with the HNR to enable resolution services for their identifiers. Please click here to request CNRI to allot a prefix or renew a previously allotted prefix.
The HNR is making the Handle.Net (HN_v8.1) software available for download. Version 8.1 includes many improvements, features and tools that were unavailable in previous versions of the software. Older versions of the software will continue to work, but current users are encouraged to upgrade to take advantage of the improvements, features and tools that are described in the Release Notes.
Existing prefix holders whose current agreements are about to expire may renew their agreements and maintain their current prefixes.