Assigning identifiers to data

Assigning identifiers to data
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Assigning identifiers to data helps to provide a method to manage the vast amounts of research data generated on a daily basis. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system is one example of assigning identifiers as it provides a means of persistent identification of research data collections and datasets that are global, standardized and widely used in the digital environment [1]. DataCite is one initiative that provides an opportunity for research organizations to assign DOIs to their datasets. Assigning DOIs allow for a particular dataset to be persistently identified so that it can always be located and cited appropriately. While information about a digital object may change over time, including where to find it, its DOI name will never change so it can always be found. Librarians can help researchers assign identifiers to data by providing insight on how to assign identifiers by understanding the process of applying unique identifiers such as DOIs, ARKs, Handles, and ORCiDs.