Sarah C. Williams
Life Sciences Data Services Librarian
Feb 9, 2014
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will soon have an opportunity to obtain Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for their data as part of a pilot service focused on data sharing and management. The EZID pilot is spearheaded by the University Library and will run during the spring and summer of 2014. It is open to students, faculty and staff.
You might already be familiar with DOIs as unique identifiers for scholarly articles. By obtaining DOIs for your data, you will make it easier for other researchers to find and cite your data. DOIs will be obtained from DataCite, which is an international organization that provides metadata about (i.e., descriptions) and persistent identifiers to registered datasets. The Library will be using the EZID system to submit metadata to DataCite and obtain DOIs.
The pilot is open to a variety of data resources (e.g., spreadsheets, databases, visualizations, code). As a requirement of the pilot, the data resources must be accessible via the World Wide Web, and the data creator must supply basic metadata about each resource to be submitted to DataCite.