2020 has been a very challenging year, and we can all agree that everyone needs a break. Crossref will be providing very limited technical and membership support from 21st December to 3rd January to allow our staff to rest and recharge. We’ll be back on January 4th raring to answer your questions. Amanda explains more about why we made this decision.
On November 11th 2020, the Crossref Board voted to adopt the “Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure” (POSI). POSI is a list of sixteen commitments that will now guide the board, staff, and Crossref’s development as an organisation into the future. It is an important public statement to make in Crossref’s twentieth anniversary year. Crossref has followed principles since its founding, and meets most of the POSI, but publicly committing to a codified and measurable set of principles is a big step. If 2019 was a reflective turning point, and mid-2020 was about Crossref committing to open scholarly infrastructure and collaboration, this is now announcing a very deliberate path. And we’re just a little bit giddy about it.
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.
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.
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