Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Implementing DOIs for Research Data.

Implementing DOIs for Research Data.  Natasha Simons. D-Lib Magazine. May/June 2012.
As research becomes more collaborative and global it is also becoming more difficult to manage the large amounts of research data generated daily.  The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system is one way to create persistent identifiers for research data collections and datasets. "Data that is richly described, organised, integrated and connected allows the data to be more easily discovered by other researchers." Identifying such resources allow research data collections and datasets be open and discoverable to others, but there are questions that need to be answered, such as the type of material to get a persistent id, the granularity, whether the landing page or the resource should get the id, who creates and maintains the ids, and for how long. The questions, common to other institutions, should encourage discussion and collaboration.

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