Earth Science Informatics

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 123–136

DOI for geoscience data - how early practices shape present perceptions

Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12145-015-0231-5

Cite this article as:
Klump, J., Huber, R. & Diepenbroek, M. Earth Sci Inform (2016) 9: 123. doi:10.1007/s12145-015-0231-5


The first minting of Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) for research data happened in 2004 in the context of the project “Publication and citation of primary scientific data” (STD-DOI). Some of the concepts and perceptions about DOI for data today have their roots in the way this project implemented DOI for research data and the decisions made in those early days still shape the discussion about the use of persistent identifiers for research data today. This project also laid the foundation for a tighter integration of journal publications and data. Promoted by early adopters, such as PANGAEA, DOI registration for data has reached a high level of maturity and has become an integral part of scientific publishing. This paper discusses the fundamental concepts applied in the identification of DOI for research data and how these can be interpreted for alternative and future applications of persistent identifiers for research data.


Persistent identifier Data publication Dynamic data Semantic web 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSIRO, Mineral Resources FlagshipKensingtonAustralia
  2. 2.MARUMUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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