Did you know that Yale ITS offers a persistent linking service?
- Persistent linking is available to anyone in the Yale community with an active NetID at no cost to the requestor.
- A DOI is a unique identifier that provides a persistent link to an object on the Internet. This persistant linking service can be used to create DOIs.
Learn more about this service through ITS here.
Place a request to create or update a persistant link here.
What are DOIs?
- DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier, which refers to the digital identifier of an object. Objects in this case can be any entity that is physical, digital, or abstract.
- DOIs themselves, are alphanumeric strings tied to a metadata description of the object, and a digital location.
What do DOIs do?
- DOIs provide persistent links to digital objects or information about physical objects that allow for easier data sharing and citation.
- Where standard URLs might change or break, a DOI is a persistent link that will not change.
What can I assign a DOI to?
- DOIs can be assigned to anything that has a URL or a specific location on the web.
DOIs have been assigned to:
- Journal articles
- Technical reports
- Data visualizations (graphs)
Where else can I link a DOI to a dataset?
- DOIs can be assigned to datasets when they are deposit into data repositories such as figshare, Zenodo, or Dryad.
- Crossref provides DOIs and curates information (metadata) about its DOI’d objects in order to increase findability.