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Fifth anniversary of DataCite: making research data accessible on the web

01.12.2014 - (idw) Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)

Almost four million digital object identifiers awarded / German National Library of Science and Technology involved from the very start as a founder member Long-term access to research data plays an important role in science. The non-profit organisation DataCite (, founded on 1 December 2009, collects research data on the web and makes it accessible long term and citable to everybody on the internet. To achieve this, DataCite awards clear and persistent identifiers for digital objects so-called digital object identifiers (DOI). DOI names are comparable with ISBN numbers for books once digital scientific objects have been given a DOI name, they are as easy to cite as the page of a book: the DOI name identifies digital scientific objects such as research data, publications and videos, and is assigned to the object on a permanent basis. Since 2013, academic institutions in Germany can have DOIs awarded free of charge; a small fee is charged for this service in other countries.

DOIs accepted and established in science

Five years on, DataCite now has 30 members from 18 countries and is recognised world-wide. While a lot of convincing was required at the start, DOI names are now accepted and established as a crucial tool for the academic community, explained Jan Brase, Executive Officer of DataCite. This success is also reflected in the number of DOI names awarded: the number of registered DOI names rose from 800,000 in 2010 to over 3.9 million by the end of November 2014. DataCite has since become a notable partner in the awarding of DOI names, and is also an important stakeholder when it comes to data publications and data citation. Here, DataCite acts as a neutral link between science, libraries and publishing companies. In the future, we want to steadily gain new members, make it even easier to locate research data, and raise their acceptance as independent, citable digital scientific objects, commented Brase.

Facilitate the dissemination of scientific research data

In the area of research data management, DataCite collaborates with a variety of partners such as the World Data System (WDS), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), the international initiative Research Data Alliance (RDA) and CrossRef the DOI registration agency for scientific publications. The aim of these collaborative activities is to facilitate access to research data and to support its dissemination by means of intensive data exchange and enhanced processes in data publication. Thanks to the EU project entitled ODIN (, the topic of research data management has also reached the EU. ODIN supports the clear connection of scientists to the data sets they have created. To achieve this, information provided by DataCite is connected to that provided by the Open Researcher Contributor Identification (ORCID) initiative, which awards permanent identifiers for scholarly authors.

German National Library of Science and Technology is a founder member of DataCite

The international consortium DataCite evolved from a project financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) established at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB). Besides TIB, the other founder members of the non-profit organisations were the British Library, the Technical Information Centre of Denmark, TU Delft Library, the National Research Councils Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), the California Digital Library and Purdue University. Since it was founded in London on 1 December 2009, other research libraries and scientific organisations have joined DataCite. The new members welcomed to DataCite in 2014 include the Estonian University of Tartu, the Japan Link Center (JaLC), the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. DataCite collaborates with some 370 data centres around the world; researchers must provide these centres with data if they wish to register a DOI name. DataCite, an official DOI registration agency, is a member of the International DOI Foundation (IDF). TIB in Hannover is the Managing Agent of DataCite. Weitere Informationen: - Find out more about DataCite - Find out more about the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)

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