As a founding member of DataCite, the British Library works with UK organisations to ensure that their data, software and other research items can be uniquely identified with Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).
DOIs ensure that users can always access an item, even if its location on the web changes over time. This persistence through time means that we have to work with organisations that can make a commitment to the long-term preservation and availability of the items.
If you are interested in DOIs for your organisation, we can work with you to understand how DOIs might help with the day-to-day management and tracking of your content, and provide advice on how they might be applied.
There are a few requirements that organisations need to meet to use the service. If you can make these commitments, we will guide you through the process of signing up to use DataCite. Once up and running, we also continue to provide support on best practices for assigning and using the DOIs.
With over 80 UK organisations using DataCite UK, we also run events to keep everyone up to date with the latest developments and best practice guidance. These events are held twice a year, in person as well as online. They are a great opportunity to learn about the varied ways in which DOIs are being used in the UK and internationally.
More detail on how to work with us can be found in Working with DataCite UK. Please also feel free to contact us.
If you are a researcher who would like DOIs for your research, please see Our Users.