DOI-Desk Newsletter - Issue 2/2019
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DOI-Desk Newsletter – Issue 1/2020
Dear Clients, Dear Readers,

We are happy to share with you some news and updates from ETH Zurich's DOI Desk.

On April 30, DataCite's General Assembly took place. Among other things, the members voted on the new fee structure and elected board members. In this newsletter, we will inform you about these changes, also concerning our own DOI System. For DataCite's Strategic Priorities 2020, we refer to the DataCite Blog.

ETH Zurich's DOI Desk is the official DOI registration office for Switzerland's university and research sector.

ETH Zurich DOI Desk is a service provided by ETH Library, in cooperation with DataCite and with technical support from IT Services of ETH Zurich.
• DataCite's new Membership Model and Fees Structure
• Harvesting from OAI-PMH
• Data Maturity Indicator
• Recommended Links
DataCite's new Membership Model and Fees Structure
DataCite's new Membership Model and new Fees Structure will come into effect on January 1st 2021. For customers outside ETH Zurich, this is quite a big change. They will get a new contract and will need to agree to DataCite’s terms and conditions. Due to the new membership model, some organizations who have been registering with us for a long time, will leave by the end of the year to become DataCite members themselves. The model also implies financial changes. In the future, DataCite and not the DOI Desk will set the fees. Moreover, as DataCite is a community and needs to be sustainable in the long run, DataCite will increase their fees. For our small customers, who only register a handful of DOIs yearly, we are working on a plan on how to keep them going without a big financial burden. We are going to talk to customers concerned individually.
Read more about the new DataCite Membership and Fees Model in DataCite's Blog
Harvesting from OAI-PMH
Due to DataCite offering a REST API for DOI registration and to the fact that our own DOI system is reaching its end-of-life, it was unclear if we would continue to offer OAI-PMH harvesting in the future. However, as many DOI customers both within ETH Zurich and externally rely on this service, and because DataCite is not offering it, we decided to renew our current DOI system. Therefore, it will still be possible to register DOIs via OAI-PMH in Dublin Core. Until the new system is ready, we offer this service just for existing customers, afterwards for everyone. The reason for this is the limited capacity of the current system. If you are planning on registering a very big amount of DOIs via our system (>10'000), we would be glad if you contacted us first.
We are planning to be ready with the new system by the end of next year.
Data Maturity Indicator
For all those who are interested in FAIR data and data quality, you might want to look at the AtMoDat (Atmospheric Model Data) Project. Part of this project is to extend the existing DataCite MetadataSchema with the so called "Data Maturity Indicator". The purpose of this indicator is to add information concerning quality tests, quality results etc. directly into the metadata of a registered object. A draft will be presented to DataCite's Metadata working group shortly.
You can find more information about this topic on github.
Recommended Links
A group of libarians and IT scientists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre have written an extensive Best Practice Guide to DataCite's Metadata Schema (Version 4.3).
DataCite Best Practice Guide
If you are interested in what's going on in the PID world in general, you are welcome to join the PID Forum!
PID Forum
Outlook to 2019: Migration Project