Blog has moved to

Dear all,

as announced earlier, from now on the DataCite-blog will be no longer active on this site.
To have a more centralised communictaion, we have decided to move the blog to the DataCite homepage.
So please from now on, you will find all relevant news on DataCite and data citation at

See you there,


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Summe meeting program finalised

Dear all,

it is our pleasure to present you the program for this year’s DataCite summer meeting.
Registration is poen through the official NordBib conference page.

Date: 14 June 2012
Time: 09:00-17:15
Location: DTU

Title: “DIGITAL RESEARCH DATA IN PRACTICE: solutions for improving discovery, access and use”

The three key aims of DataCite are to improve the discovery of, access to and use of research data. The theme for the European Summer meeting will focus on demonstrating practical ways that DataCite, its members and data centres are enabling these aims to be implemented.

08:30-09:00 Bus transport from the Black Diamond to DTU (included)
9:00-9:30 Registration and coffee

9:30-9:45 Welcome and housekeeping
9:45-10:45 Keynote: The science of science

Dr Jonathan Grant, President, RAND Europe

Chair: Lee-Ann Coleman, British Library

10:45-11:15 Break
11:15-12:45 Session 1: Discovery: It’s all about the metadata? Or is it?
Chair: Jan Brase, TIB

Adrian Burton, Director, Services, Australian National Data Service
Eefke Smit, STM Association
Vishwas Chavan , GBIF

12:45-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Session 2: Access: understanding technical, legal or ethical barriers to access
Chair: Brigitte Hausstein, GESIS

Matthew Woollard, Director, UKDA
Michael Wilson, STFC
Sunje Dallmeier-Tiessen, CERN

15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-17:00 Session 3: Different flavours of use
Chair: Herbert Gruttemeier, INIST

Scott Edmonds Editor, GigaScience, BGI Shenzhen
Jean-Francois Perrin, l’Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Susanna Sansone, University of Oxford, ISA

17:00-17:15 Closing remarks – Adam Farquhar
17:15-17:45 Goodbye surprise offered by DTU and its Brewery
17:45-18:15 Bus transport from DTU to the Black Diamond (included)

We are looking forward to seeing you there.



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DataCite summer meeting and moving the blog

Dear all,

this is a quick announcement that registration for the DataCite summer meeting in Copenhagen on June 14th now is open.The summer meeting will have the theme “DIGITAL RESEARCH DATA IN PRACTICE: solutions for improving discovery, access and use” and will be aligned to the Nordbib conference “Structural frameworks for open, digital research – strategy, policy & infrastructure ” in Copenhagen from Juen 11.-13.. You can now register for both events at this site. Wach out for updates on the programm on our DataCite webpage.

Speaking of which: We have decided to combine our communication efforts. For this we will move our blog to the central DataCite webpage .
From April 1st you will find all DataCite news and the blog posts centrally there.
So update your bookmarks, I will see you there (and in real life in Copenhagen hopefully).



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DataCite search – part 2

Dear all,

last week I introduced our basic search portal , today I want to highlight another feature, the DataCite content service.

The idea behind it is the following: Usually a DOI name is resolved to a landing page giving you all information about the content and the download link to it. Sometimes nevertheless it might be more interesting to resolve a DOI name of an object and get the metadata of the object back in return. Ideally in a machine-readable format.

This is what the content service allows! The service behind it was first implemented by CrossRef and it works directly on the level of the basic DOI resolution at

Using the accept header of the HTTP protocol it allows you to resolve a DataCite DOI and retirieve the metadata of this object in RDF format for example. On our webpage you will find more technical details of the system.

If you have curl installed on your computer you could test it in the following way:

curl -L -H “Accept: application/x-datacite+text” “

would give you the citation of this dataset in text format:

Li, j; Zhang, G; Lambert, D; Wang, J (2011): Genomic data from Emperor penguin. GigaScience.


curl -L -H “Accept: application/rdf+xml”

you would retrieve this metadata as an RDF-file.

The content service works for all objects that have metadata in our metadata catalogue and we encourage you to play around with it and come up with some new ideas how to use it.

We are currently discussing the idea to allow something like the format application/raw to resolve a DOI name directly to the underlying data or in case of grey literature directly to the text.
Resolving DOI names directly to the data would provide an interesting way to allow persistent citation of queries results, by including the DOI name in the query itself.

You might have some other ideas. Share them with us, please.



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DataCite search

Hello all,

2011 has been an exiting year. A lot has happened with DataCite and data citation in general. One year ago, I started this blog to keep you all updated. Today I am happy to present you the newest development:

The beta version of our DataCite search catalogue. You can find it at:

What is so special about it?

  • We will store the metadata to every object that DataCite registers with a DOI there. Whether it is a dataset, a picture, an event or whatever.
  • All metadata will follow the DataCite metadata scheme
  • All metadata will be free under the CC0 license, giving you the right to use it for whatever you wish. And you can simply access it via our OAI interface

Currently we have around 800,000 records in there. Not all of them have metadata records yet, but it is progressing.

Interested in some use case examples?

There are even some more nice features that I will tell you about in my next post. So much for now and enjoy playing with the catalogue.



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German Library Hi Tech award for Jan Brase

I am happy to annonce that I am the winner of this year’s German Libary Hi Tech award. The award is sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited and recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the German Library community in the area of Technology.

I am very flattered by this and understand the award as not only an acknowledgment for my work, but for the work at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the whole idea of DataCite.
The award will be presented next Monday (September 26th) at the welcome reception of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries 2011 (TPDL) in Berlin. So I am looking forward to meet those of you who will attend the conference at the reception for a beer and a toast on DataCite.



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Summer meeting slides online and WDS

Dear all,

today we put the slides from the summer meeting online. You can find them all on our
our DataCite webpage .

The reason for the delay is that I just returnded to Europe in the last days. After the summer meeting, I attended the 1st Word Data Service (WDS) conference in Kyoto, Japan.

The ICSU World Data System (WDS) builts on the 50 year experience of the world data centers. It is designed to be a quailty seal for data centers from every discipline but furthermore a platform for these centers to meet and exchange experience. Already over 100 data centers from various disciplines have applied to become member of the WDS.

DataCite and the WDS plan to develop close collaboration in the next years. The conference itself has been a great success and I look forward to their next developments.



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