DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier. It is a uniquely-assigned internationally-recognized text code that is already widely-used within the scientific community to identify published research articles. The use of DOIs has recently been expanded to include data sets. Here is an example of a DOI: 10.1594/IEDA/324420

Derived data sets that support a publication. Examples: The data tables, grids and maps that appear in a journal article.

Append the data set DOI to this base URL: For example, for the DOI “10.1594/IEDA/324420 “, the URL that links to the data is:

Yes. The data set becomes citable as a stand-alone entity, according to international standards, just like a published paper.

Publication makes the data formally available and, following the definition of Mooney and Newton (2012 – see citation below), citation provides the “tool for scholarly acknowledgement” of that publication.

The investigator who contributed the data.

  • Provides a simple, effective method for data citation.
  • Promotes a scholarly framework that recognizes and rewards data producers.
  • Endorses data sets generated from research as legitimate, citable contributions to the scientific record.
  • DOI-tagged data sets have their own identity that is no longer associated only with specific publications.
  • Assigns a permanent, citable URL to the data set.
  • Facilitates data visibility, access, re-use and tracking.
  • Helps assess the impact of data.

Nothing: It is free when datasets are registered through IEDA.

When a data set is registered with IEDA, a DOI can be requested. IEDA works with the international DataCite consortium to automatically generate specific DOIs.

No. Every DOI is permanent and rigorous standards ensure that it is recognized around the world.

DOIs are permanent. So, if an updated data set is submitted for publication its DOI can be linked to the original DOI.

This web page can be used to search DOI-registered data sets archived with IEDA. Links on the right of the page take you to information and data.

DataCite recommends the following format for citation: Creator (PublicationYear): Title. Publisher. Identifier

  • Mooney, H, Newton, MP. (2012). The Anatomy of a Data Citation: Discovery, Reuse, and Credit. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 1(1):eP1035.
  • Arnulf, Adrien, et al., (2018), Three-dimensional P-wave velocity structure of Axial volcano on the Juan de Fuca ridge (investigators: Adrien F. Arnulf, Alistair Harding, Graham Kent, William Wilcock). Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA). doi:10.1594/IEDA/324420