Research Data Archive 'mints' its 100th DOI


The University of Bath Research Data Archive is celebrating its 100th DOI!

Since launching in 2015, the Archive has made more than 100 datasets available.  We create Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for our datasets.  This makes them citable in the long term. You can read more about the 100th DOI in the rest of this post, and there is an update on the Research Data Archive at its 21 month anniversary on another post on this blog.

The 100th DOI

Our 100th DOI is:

This dataset is a collection of ultrasonic C-scan, X-ray Computed Tomography and impact test data.  Andrew Rhead and Francesca Pernice from Mechanical Engineering created the dataset, which contains data about the effect of impact on carbon fibre composite laminates made with various stacking sequences.  The data will hopefully lead to better understanding of damage tolerance in aerospace components and ultimately lighter aircraft. Dr. Rhead told us:

“This archive will allow us to share this large collection of impact data with researchers across the globe thereby creating exciting opportunities for collaboration.”

What is a DOI?

A DOI is a unique identifier which points to a particular object.  This helps identify content uniquely, even if it has a similar name to another resource.

Why use a DOI?

There are great advantages to using a DOI rather than a web address to identify an academic resource:

  • If the system hosting the resource changes, the underlying link can be updated.  This means that even if the DOI is printed in a book, it should always point to the right location.
  • DOI providers commit to maintaining the resource in the long term.  This means that if they stop providing the resource, they need to find a new host for it.
  • The resource itself doesn’t have to be digital to have a DOI.  So if your data consists of survey forms stored in a filing cabinet, it’s still possible to use a DOI to cite it in your paper.
  • Datasets cited using DOIs are easier to identify in articles and social media.  This can help you prove the impact of your data.

How do I get a DOI for my data?

To create a DOI in the University’s Research Data Archive, you need to create a Datasets record in Pure.  This is then copied to the Archive, and we can tell you what the DOI will be so you can include it in your paper.  Once you’ve uploaded your data and described it clearly, we can make the data live and activate the DOI.  This makes your data findable and citable in international data search systems.

For more information...

For more information, or for support using the Research Data Archive, you can visit our web pages, email us:, leave a comment on this blog, call us on x3570, or pop in to the Library, Room 4.10.

Written by: Lizz Jennings



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