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Best Practice: Provide identifier for dataset used

BEST PRACTICE

Best Practices by Data Life Cycle




Provide identifier for dataset used

Data Life Cycle stage(s): Describe   Preserve

In order to ensure replicable data access:

  • Choose a broadly utilized Data Identification Standard based on specific user community practices or preferences
    • DOI
    • OIDs
    • ARKs
    • LSIDs
    • XRIs
    • URNs/URIs/URLs
    • UUIDs
  • Consistently apply the standard

  • Maintain the linkage

  • Participate in implementing infrastructure for consistent access to the resources referenced by the Identifier

Description Rationale

Digital objects should utilize a standard, stable identifier to access a specific data product to ensure data consistency among analyses that use the “same” data product.

Additional Information

ESIP Federation Preservation and Stewardship Cluster

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Cite this best practice:

DataONE Best Practices Working Group, DataONE  (September 01, 2011) "Best Practice: Provide identifier for dataset used". Accessed through the Data Management Skillbuilding Hub at https://dataoneorg.github.io/Education/bestpractices/provide-identifier-for on Aug 22, 2019


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