New Feature: DOIs on DataStream

June 11, 2019

Ensuring that water quality data on DataStream is easy to find, access, use and reuse is at the centre of our mission. For this reason, we have dedicated a lot of time exploring ways to integrate permanent identifiers into your datasets.

After designing, implementing and testing this new feature, we are thrilled to announce that DataStream is now assigning  Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)  to datasets across all three platforms.

Why it Matters

While you can rest assured that DataStream is here to stay, DOIs now provide a persistent online record of your datasets, irrespective of their location on the web (think of it like the ISBN system used for books).

With DOIs in place, DataStream:

  • Ensures that datasets are always findable
  • Avoids the common issue of broken links, as URLs can change over time
  • Simplifies direct incorporation of dataset citations in research
  • Makes it easier to understand the impact of a dataset beyond its original intended use

DataStream’s ability to mint DOIs on behalf of dozens of data contributors across Canada establishes its leadership among a growing community of trusted repositories working to further FAIR data principles (data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).

Questions?  Contact us  !

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