DOI for your dataset

Qvain Light provides the possibility to get a DOI as a primary identifer for your dataset (as a default a URN is generated).

DOI can be generated for a dataset where Fairdata IDA has been selected a data storage.

  1. Fill-in all the metadata for your dataset (Qvain Light User Guide). Note! DOI is provided by DataCite and thus Issued Date and Publisher are mandatory (in addition to Fairdata datamodel’s mandatory fields)
  2. Choose “IDA” as a file origin
  3. Check the “I want the Dataset to have DOI (instead of URN)”
  4. Select the IDA files you want to add to your dataset (not mandatory, data can be selected later – instructions for data freezing in IDA)
  5. Publish


What is an identifier (persistent identifier, PID):

A persistent identifier (PID) is a unique and unambiguous machine readable name for an object, in this case a specific research dataset. It is also a permanent link, that will always take you to the landing page of the dataset, where the description and for example the license of the dataset can be found. Usually a PID is a DOI or a URN, identifiers provided by two different systems and they can be recognized by the first letters as either.

If the dataset is available from a source that is outside the Fairdata services, you can create a dataset using Qvain and get a URN for the landing page in Etsin. When the data is outside Fairdata services, you are responsible for the integrity of the data yourself.

Blog post in CSC blog: What a researcher should know about persistent identifiers