Minting a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

What is a Digital Object Identifier?

A Digital Object Identifies (DOI) is a persistent identifier that is used to identify objects. These are mainly used for electronic documents such as journal papers. However there have recently been persistent identifiers for services and also for individuals.

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a globally unique and long term persistent identifier for a digital object. A DOI provides allows for greatly improved management of a digital object; it increases the discovery and hence, the value of a digital object. A minted (generated) DOI can be assigned to research datasets, collections, reports, conference papers and journals, amongst others.

The DOI minting service provided by DIRISA uses the DataCite DOI services and can be assigned to any object that is being deposited at the DIRISA storage infrastructure, through the DIRISA Data Deposit Tool. The service can also be used by researchers who wish to mint DOI’s for research objects stored outside of the DIRISA environment.

All research data management services provided by DIRISA are free of charge to the research community.


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