How can I get a DOI for my research data?

In Estonia, research data is registered by the DataCite Estonia member universities. The DataCite services are free of charge for the researchers of these universities.

Researchers of other institutions can get DOIs according to the price list.

Researchers should take the following steps:: 

  1. Organise their data
  2. Provide metadata for their dataset
  3. Find a suitable data centre (subject-based or institutional
  4. Upload their data following the instructions
  5. In case of questions or problems contact the manager of the data centre

Additional information and special training are offered by specialists at member university libraries of by the UT Library as a DataCite member.

Metadata

Metadata describe the data, or provide data about the data. Three types of metadata exist: administrative (publisher, the date of data creation, user rights, location), descriptive (title, author, keywords) or technical (software, version, formats, authentification).

The DataCite metadata guidelines divide metadata into three groups: mandatory, recommended and optional.

The larger the amount of metadata, the easier it is to find and interpret a dataset!

DataCite Metadata Schema 4.1 (23.10.2017)

Description of mandatory and recommended metadata:

Mandatory metadata

ID

Property

Description

Example

1

Identifier

Identifier is a unique string which identifies the data source

DOI (Digital Object Identifier), registered by a DataCite member

2

Creator of the dataset

Researchers involved in producing the dataset or authors of the publication, in priority order

A corporate/institutional or personal name (family, given)

3

Title


Free text

4

Publisher

The data centre that holds, archives and publishes the data

University of Tartu

QsarDB repository

Eesti Pank

5

Publication year

The year when the data was or will be made publicly available

YYYY

In case of an embargo period, use the date when the period ends

10

Resource type

Description and type of the resource

Free text or terms from the CASRAI list:

http://dictionary.casrai.org/Output_Types




resourceTypeGeneral list



Recommended metadata

Nr.

Property

Description

Example

6

Subject

Subject, keyword, classification

Free text. The used thesauri and classifications can also be indicated

7

Contributor

Institution or person responsible for data management


8

Date

Different dates relevant to the work

YYYY, YYYY-MM-DD or formats according to W3CDTF

12

Related identifiers

Need to be persistent identifiers

arXiv, bibcode, DOI, Handle, ISBN, URL.

17

Description

Additional information that does not fit in any of other categories

Abstract, table of contents, technical information, other

18

Geo Location

A point location in space

A point containing a single longitude-latitude pair

Take look at estdoi statistics