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The Library offers a DOI service which provides for the registration and use of persistent interoperable identifiers called DOIs. The use of DOIs ensures that your publications and other research outputs are accurately attributed and easily tracked for bibliometrics. On receipt of a request for a DOI the Library creates or ‘mints’ a DOI using the EZID service at http://ezid.cdlib.org/. DOIs can be created individually on an ad-hoc basis for any digital resource available online or integrated into other campus services provided centrally or by researchers.
For more information
Digital Publishing and Data Management Librarian
Telephone: 00 353 91 495961
DOIs identify content permanently. They are coupled with metadata and can be modified over time to keep track of the locations and characteristics of the objects they identify. They facilitate accurate attribution and bibliometrics tracking. They are assigned by authorised agencies or institutions and their use indicates that a dataset is well managed and accessible for long-term use.
The Library pays an annual fee to be a registered account holder with a DOI agent called EZID. This enables it to request new persistent identifiers for service users. EZID makes it easy to create and manage unique, long-term identifiers.DOIs created or ‘minted’ in this way are registered with the International DOI Foundation (IDF). The directory of the International DOI Foundation (IDF) points associated web addresses to the landing page.In this way the author or content creator establishes a permanent link to the object created. When the object is cited by others, even if is moved to a new location, the citation reference will always work, as long as the metadata is updated.
The EZID service enables:
- Creation of identifiers for anything: texts, data
- Storage of citation metadata for identifiers in a variety of formats
- Updating of current URL locations so citation links are never broken
The International DOI Foundation governs DOIs and regulates them to an ISO standard. Registration Agencies like DataCite or CrossRef make up the foundation and provide the structure supporting DOIs. Allocation Agents, who are members of Registration Agencies, manage assigning DOIs to objects.
The DOI® Handbook is available at http://www.doi.org/hb.html
Information about the ISO 26324:2012 Information and Documentation – Digital Object Identifier System is available at http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail?csnumber=43506
- Location (URL) for the landing page that the DOI will resolve to when a user clicks on the DOI
- Publication Year
- Resource Type