Question: How does the DataCite Canada service work?
Answer: DataCite Canada provides access to automated services that allow you to easily register and manage your research data. All registrations require: the assignment of mandatory metadata elements; a URL that links to the data; and the creation of a unique long-term digital object identifier (DOI).
Question: What are DOIs?
Answer: Digital Object Identifier (DOI) names are persistent identifiers used for citing and linking to resources such as research data. Registration of research data with DOIs makes data more visible and easier to access. DOIs are widely used in scientific publishing to cite journal articles. They provide long-term links to data and allow published articles to link to their underlying data. The DOI name is easily and quickly resolved using the International DOI Foundation resolver.
Question: How is the metadata used?
Answer: The metadata assigned to the registered data is key to generating a citation for the data.
The metadata can also be used for other purposes such as searching data, and to further expose the data using Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).
DataCite supports the registration of both mandatory and extended metadata elements.
Question: Why should I assign a DOI to my data?
Answer: There are a number of benefits to assigning DOIs to your data:
Question: What can I assign a DOI to?
Answer: DataCite Canada will provide DOI names to research data. In this case, research data is defined as:
Question: Who can use DataCite Canada services?
Answer: Organizations that manage research data are eligible for an account with DataCite Canada. This includes universities, libraries, government departments and other research data centres. To receive a DataCite Canada account, data centres must have the authority and responsibility to store the data as well as to maintain access to the data to which the DOIs will be assigned.
Question: What do I need to register my data with DataCite Canada?
Question: What are the definitions of the mandatory metadata elements required for data set DOI registration?
Answer: All registered data must include the mandatory metadata elements. These are defined as:
Question: What are the account holder's responsibilities?
Answer: By requesting a DataCite account, data centres agree to be responsible for:
Question: How do I set up an account?
Answer: For organizations interested in creating a DataCite Canada account, please contact us at DataCite.CISTI@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.
We encourage individual researchers who are interested in DOIs to contact their own organizations about setting up an account with DataCite Canada. If we can provide further information or otherwise assist, please contact us.
Question: Will DataCite Canada store my data?
Answer: No. Data centres are responsible for managing, preserving and providing access to their own data. DataCite stores only the metadata to the registered data set, the URL to the data set landing page, and the registered DOI assigned to the data.
Question: Can I delete a DOI?
Answer: DOIs are intended to be persistent identifiers and, as such, should not be deleted. The preferred approach is to provide a landing page for the DOI that explains why the data set is no longer available. For further information, please contact DataCite.CISTI@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.