What is a DOI, what is data citation and why bother?
James Ayliffe, BODC
BODC have been publishing DOIs for almost a decade. Technology and best practice have moved on since then and in the digital world (meta)data is key. Following the paper in Nature from Wilkinson et al (2016) there has been a real push for FAIR data and data citation in the role of science. The explosion of the digital infrastructure and linked data has made data citation a key cornerstone of scientific publication. Many publishers require suitable deposit of data in a repository before a paper can be published. Funders are promoting data citation to help inform them on outputs of projects. Using the example of how BODC provide DOIs and the direction BODC are going I will look at what you can obtain a DOI, how you can use DOIs, what they should be used for and how to ensure you are not left out.