Identify My Data - Overview
ANDS provides a persistent identifier service called Identify My Data. This provides a way to automatically assign globally unique citable identifiers, based on Handle technology, to your datasets, collections, papers and so on.
Research portals, analysis environments, and journals all increasingly need to refer to data. Generally they refer to data with a normal URL link. If the data is moved, or if anything mentioned in the URL changes, these published references to the data are broken. And all the things that would build on this data are compromised, such as evidence-based policy, scholarly communication, verification of scientific methods, and educated public enquiry.
Identify My Data creates a clickable reference to your dataset that can be maintained, even if the location of the dataset changes. When people click on it, the ANDS service re-routes them to whatever location you nominate. And you can update that location at any time.
The easiest way to create one or two persistent identifiers is to use Identify My Data self-service. This online service lets you create new identifiers, and maintain existing ones. However, this manual process is not recommended for creating large numbers of persistent identifiers.
A better way is to use the Identify My Data software interface. With a modest amount of effort, the allocation of an ANDS persistent identifier can be integrated into workflows such as publishing datasets and papers.
To use an identifier is as simple as distributing a short URL which resolves to the identified object.
Use Identify My Data to identify any objects relevant to the research data commons, including experimental datasets, research collections, published papers, projects and staff. You can assign identifiers to non-digital objects, but there should be a web page that the identifier can resolve to.
Please note that by allocating an identifier, you commit to maintaining the location information associated with your identifier over the long term.
- Identify My Data self-service interface
- Identify My Data software interface
- Technical resources
- ANDS Guides