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    Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are persistent links to objects. The Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC) assigns DOIs to the majority of the data resources deposited into its repository. All DOIs assigned by the EIDC are registered with DataCite and are compliant with their requirements.

    What types of outputs are assigned a DOI?

    The EIDC will assign DOIs to datasets and other data resources that it holds. DOIs are assigned with the NERC prefix (10.5285). Unless, specifically requested otherwise, a DOI will be assigned for every data resource accepted for publication by the EIDC. All datasets given a DOI will be held by the EIDC in perpetuity and remain publicly accessible.

    DOI allocation and mandatory requirements

    DOIs are allocated by DataCite .  In order to provide a DOI, a mandatory set of metadata are required. These are:

    • A title for the resource
    • Author(s) of the resource (which may be individuals or organisations)
    • Date of publication
    • A publisher (which will be "NERC Environmental Information Data Centre")

    Modifications to data resources

    Once a DOI has been assigned, modifications to data resources are not accepted. Any modifications will result in the old version being withdrawn (see withdrawal policy) and a new version being issued with a new DOI.

    Modifications to metadata

    Once a DOI has been assigned, modifications to mandatory metadata (i.e. title, authors, year of publication, publisher) will not be permitted unless it is proven that the Data Centre is in error.

    Withdrawal policy

    Content held by the EIDC is intended for long-term preservation. However, in some cases items may be withdrawn. Reasons for withdrawal might include:

    • Proven copyright violation or plagiarism
    • Falsifed research
    • Legal requirements
    • National security

    A withdrawn item will retain its DOI and the landing page (metadata) will still be publicly available online along with a withdrawal notice. The data resource itself will not be directly accessible, however, users will still be able to request a copy of the data resource from the EIDC.