While we wish we could be together in person to celebrate the fifth PIDapalooza, there’s an upside to moving it online: now everyone can participate in the universe’s best PID party! With 24 hours of non-stop PID programming, you’ll be able to come to the party no matter where you happen to be.
Send us your ideas for #PIDapalooza21 Now is your chance to share your work in the #PIDapalooza21 spotlight!
This blog was initially posted on the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) blog: “EASE Council Post: Rachael Lammey on the Research Nexus”. EASE President Duncan Nicholas accurately introduces it as a whole lot of information and insights about metadata and communication standards into one post…
I was given a wide brief to decide on the topic of my EASE blog, so I thought I’d write one that tries to encompass everything - I’ll explain what I mean by that.
This year, Crossref’s Nominating Committee assumed the task of developing a slate of candidates to fill six open board seats. We are grateful that in the midst of a challenging year, we received over 70 expressions of interest from all around the world, a 40% increase from last year’s response. It was an extraordinary pool of applicants and a testament to the strength of our membership community.
There are six seats open for election (two large, four small), and the Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following slate.
The Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) launched this week. The initiative calls on scholarly publishers to make the abstracts of their publications openly available. More specifically, publishers that work with Crossref to register DOIs for their publications are requested to include abstracts in the metadata they deposit in Crossref. These abstracts will then be made openly available by Crossref. 39 publishers have already agreed to join I4OA and to open their abstracts.
A persistent identifier (PID) is an ongoing, long-lasting digital reference to a resource. Digital object identifiers (DOIs) are persistent identifiers for entities such as journal articles, books, and datasets. You may have heard of ORCID iDs, which are persistent identifiers for researchers, Research Organization Registry IDs, and DataCite, which assigns DOIs for datasets. Crossref, ORCID, DataCite, and many other PID organizations work together to build trusted connections between DOIs, ORCID iDs, and other identifiers.
An identifier is a label which gives a unique name to an entity: a person, institution, or research work. Though a DOI is just a label, the value lies in its associated metadata, which is registered with the DOI and gives information about the work.
When a work is published online, there’s no guarantee that the work will always be in the same place on the internet. The URL may change as publisher or hosting websites evolve, or the content might be acquired by a different publisher and be hosted on their site. If we refer to or cite a work using just the URL, this may not always go to the current location of the content, and we risk the work being lost from the scholarly record.
To keep the scholarly record persistent, we encourage publishers and scholars to use a persistent identifier to identify and cite works, rather than a URL. A Crossref DOI that you register with us is a persistent identifier for one of your works. If the resource resolution URL of the content changes in the future, you just update this information in the metadata, and the DOI will resolve to the new URL. That way, as long as scholars and publishers use a DOI to cite a work, they know they can reliably and accurately identify and find the work in the future.
DOIs are one of the most-used persistent identifiers in scholarly communication, and are used across disciplines. Read on to learn more about DOIs, their structures, and how to register them with Crossref.