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Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Creation Tool

July 23, 2022

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Infographic describing how digital object identifiers work
DOIs for USGS Data and Software

What does this tool do?

The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Creation Tool allows USGS personnel to assign globally unique, persistent, and resolvable identifiers, registered with DataCite, to USGS  data & software products.

Who is the audience for this tool?

The primary audience for this tool is USGS data and software repository owners. Some USGS repositories, such as ScienceBase, have established workflows for assigning, publishing, and managing DOIs for data and software products. For repositories without such workflows, USGS data managers and researchers can use the DOI Tool to assign, publish, and manage their own DOIs.

How do I get started?

What is the difference between the DOI Tool and the Persistent Identifier Registration (PIR) Tool?

  • The DOI Tool provides DOIs, which are a type of globally unique, persistent identifiers that are widely used in the research and publishing communities to support data and software identification and citation. DOIs generated through the USGS DOI Tool are registered with DataCite, an internationally recognized non-profit organization.  

  • The PIR Tool provides generic persistent identifiers (PIDs) for other types of research assets such as metadata records, individual images, and models.  These PIDs are generally used to aid in the management of these assets within USGS systems. These identifiers are not necessarily globally unique and are not registered with an external organization.