Ottawa, ON, February 1, 2012 – As part of its pilot project, DataCite Canada has assigned its first digital object identifiers (DOIs) to a small sample of Institute for Ocean Technology (IOT) reports that appear in the National Research Council (NRC) Publications Archive.
These 27 IOT reports can now be found in the international DataCite search engine alongside research data and reports from around the world. DOIs will be assigned to additional NRC Publications Archive reports in the near future.
Having members of the research community involved from the outset helps ensure that the DataCite Canada service meets the needs of users. To that end, the DataCite Canada team is also working directly with a group of external participants during this pilot phase, including Carleton University, Scholars Portal, the University of Guelph and the International Polar Year (IPY) project.
NRC-CISTI will launch the DataCite Canada service in early 2012, enabling Canadian research organizations to assign DOIs to their research data, including unpublished reports. DOIs help data producers take control of the management of their data, share, get credit for it and build their reputation through data citations. In addition, DOIs make research data easier to access, reuse and verify, thereby making it easier to build on previous work, conduct new research and avoid duplicating already existing work.