We are pleased to announce the release of version 3.7 of the OpenTopography system. This update includes improvements to the data selection interface, and dataset metadata pages.
Digital Object Identifiers:
A noteworthy component of this release is the introduction of a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for each OpenTopography hosted dataset. DOIs are persistent identifiers that were originally developed for publications, but are increasingly being used for scientific datatsets. DOIs are managed through time and will not change even if the object is moved or renamed; this means that OpenTopography data can be reliably referenced for future access by humans and software. DOIs also facilitate data citation, enable data reuse, verification, and tracking, and provide a means to recognize and reward data producers. OpenTopography's DOIs are issued and maintained by the University of California's Digital Libraries EZID program.
The OpenTopography DOI for each dataset is located on the dataset's "full metadata" page. When referencing an OpenTopography dataset in a publication, the dataset DOI should be included, allowing readers to directly link back to the data products, metadata, and other information.
User Interface, Metadata and Data Access Updates: