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DOE Research Data and Digital Object Identifiers: A Perfect Match

by Sara Studwell 22 Apr, 2015 in

Alternate Text PlaceholderThe Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) became a member of and a registering agency for DataCite in 2011—making the Department of Energy the first U.S. federal agency to assign digital object identifiers (DOIs) to data through OSTI’s Data ID Service.  DataCite is an international organization that supports data visibility, ease of data citation in scholarly publications, data preservation and future re-use, and data access and retrievability.   

Through the OSTI Data ID Service, DOIs are assigned to research datasets and then registered with DataCite to establish persistence and aid in citation, discovery, and retrieval.  The assignment and registration of a DOI is a free service for DOE researchers to enhance the management of this increasingly important resource.  Citations to these datasets are then made broadly available in OSTI databases such as DOE Data Explorer and SciTech Connect and in resources such as Science.gov and WorldWideScience.org.  They are also indexed by commercial search engines like Google and Bing.  

So why would a dataset need a DOI?  This is a question that many people ask as data citation has become more important to the research process.  And the answer is quite simple:  to improve the discoverability of and attribution for datasets created and used in the course of research.  A DOI gives the dataset a unique and persistent identifier that can...

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