[Esip-preserve] Assigning DOIs to data set versions?

Parsons, Mark parsom3 at rpi.edu
Tue May 26 13:06:04 EDT 2020

Hi Matt,

When I was at NSIDC, we assigned major versions to things that “might change the science”. A very crude rule of thumb, but helpful.
The Arctic Data Center at NCEAS, on the other hand, assigns a new DOI for any little change to the data or metadata.
Much depends on the nature of the data: how dynamic it is, what expected use patterns are…
Of course, the RDA dynamic data citation rec. addresses the issue to a large degree. This might be a good time to try and implement. I know Reyna Jenkins at Ocean Networks Canada is grappling with this with similar types of data.



On 26 May 2020, at 10:32, Matthew Mayernik via Esip-preserve <esip-preserve at lists.esipfed.org<mailto:esip-preserve at lists.esipfed.org>> wrote:

Hi all,
I have a question about how you all are dealing with version tracking and DOIs. I am familiar with the ESIP data citation recommendation that talks about "major" vs "minor" versions, but I am curious about how this is actually being implemented.

Does your repository assign DOIs for each denoted version, e.g. version 1, version 2, etc? Do you assign DOIs for incremental version changes, e.g. version 1.2 or version 2.3? What constitutes a version change in these cases? Does anybody assign DOIs to any change at all regardless of how large (e.g. a wording update in metadata)? Does anybody not assign new DOIs regardless of any versioning or dataset changes?

I'm asking because we are bringing in a fairly complex group of datasets into one of our NCAR repositories, and tracking versions is not at all straightforward. Since we intend to assign DOIs to the data, we're working through the above scenarios with no clear optimal outcome yet.

Any input on how you are actually implementing the ESIP recommendations (or others) on this would be much appreciated,


Matthew Mayernik, Ph.D.
NCAR Library
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Boulder, CO
mayernik at ucar.edu<mailto:mayernik at ucar.edu>
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