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Implementing Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to Foster Attribution for Earth Science Data

Downs, Robert R.

Persistent identifiers, such as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), can contribute to the discovery and access of online scientific data and related web-based resources over time. In addition to enabling continuing access to scientific data when persistent identifiers are maintained, DOIs also can contribute to the attribution of scientific data. Assigning DOIs to datasets and registering them for inclusion in open catalogs enables discovery of the metadata records by facilitating harvesting and indexing by other catalogs where the data can be discovered and accessed through the DOIs that serve as resolvable links to the landing pages for the scientific data. Similar to other publications that are cited in research articles, the DOIs for data can be included in the reference to the data when citing the data used for preparation of a research publication. Examples of landing pages and recommended citations for scientific data that are available from the NASA Socioeconomic Data! and Applications Center (SEDAC) demonstrate how access to scientific data can be facilitated through the assignment of DOIs and show how guidance may be provided for users of scientific data to provide attribution to the data that they use in their research.


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Center for International Earth Science Information Network
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September 4, 2014


Presented by Robert R. Downs in the Poster Session of 6 July 2014 during the DataOne Users Group Meeting held on 6-7 July 2014 in Frisco, Colorado.