19 July : Free Webinar : Assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to Plant Genetic Resources

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Dear AIMS Users and Visitors!

We are pleased to invite you to attend our upcoming webinar [as part of the [email protected]] :  


Assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to Plant Genetic Resources 


Wednesday,  19 July, 2017


 11.00 a.m. Rome Time (CEST Conversion to other Timezones)


The webinar is open to All


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Once registered, you will receive an email confirming your registration for the Webinar, along with login instructions.


We welcome questions and suggestions at: [email protected]


Marco Marsella, Senior Advisor Global Information System of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at FAO of the UN

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

"Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are persistent identifiers that are used to uniquely identify an object (which itself may be physical or digital) in the digital environment. Although other persistent identifiers are available, DataCite chose to work with DOIs as they have a number of features ... DOIs are: • Already well-established as identifiers for research publications • Recognised as an ISO standard 26324:2012 • Centrally managed and governed by the International DOI Foundation (IDF)", - Working with the British Library and DataCite.


The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) calls for the contribution of non confidential information about the Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) to the Global Information System (GLIS) to facilitate access to such information by any party interested. The foundation of GLIS is the accurate identification of the PGRFA to which the information is associated. After extensive research and consultation, DOIs have been selected as the Permanent Unique Identifier of choice for GLIS.

The webinar describes the challenges that the GLIS team of the ITPGRFA has faced as well as the benefits that the GLIS user community will receive by the adoption of DOIs.


After the webinar, attendees will have received an overview of the ITPGRFA and GLIS. They will have a better understanding of the process of applying DOIs to a physical object such as a PGRFA and they will have seen how the adoption of a Permanent Unique Identifier promotes the exchange of information among researchers.


Marco Marsella is Senior Advisor for Global Information System of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at FAO where he contributes to the design of the system and the promotion of DOIs in the Plant Genetic Resources community. His background is on Information Technology and he’s particularly interested in system integration and communication formats and protocols. Marco Marsella is also a member of the DataCite Board.

We look forward to your participation in this webinar soon !

Related content: 

Some use cases with DOI

  • “We took the initiative to assign DOIs to 500+ student theses held in the publication repository last year (http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/view/theses/archive.html), and have subsequently received a steady number of requests to publish project reports in the repository for the purpose of obtaining a DOI. This week I received an email from one project looking for advice on how they could use the Altmetric API to display stats on their project website. In our data repository (http://datacompass.lshtm.ac.uk/), we also assign DOIs for surveys, interview guides, processing scripts, and software, and other reusable outputs. We use a custom version of the EPrints DOI plugin for the task. We have PRIMO as well, but never considered using it for DOI resolution”, - Library & Archives Service, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (from [email protected]JISCMAIL.AC.UK)
  • "We have started assigning DOIs to our theses here at Lancaster as well. We have a custom DOI minter developed which allow us to mint or reserve more readable DOIs. As an example, see this: https://doi.org/10.17635/lancaster/thesis/36", - Digital Innovation and Research Services,  The Library, Lancaster University (from [email protected]JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

  • "Here, at the University of British Columbia, we have been minting DOIs for all Library digital assets: theses, digital images, datasets, etc for the last couple of years. So far, we have minted more than 200,000 DOIs, mostly programmatically, from our Open Collections discovery interface (which brings together our DSpace, AtoM, Dataverse and CONTENTdm repos for discovery with a robust API). Since Datacite does not allow a flexible DOIs assignment, we have also developed a GUI to mint any number of DOIs: manually, via a CSV file or programmatically. More information is available on our RDM site - http://researchdata.library.ubc.ca/plan/get-dois/", - (from [email protected]JISCMAIL.AC.UK)
  • "We are planning to provide the DOIs GUI code on Github. The Open Collections discovery interface is already available - https://github.com/ubc-library/open-collections-discovery-ui and in fact, is being used for the discovery interface of our Canadian Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR) - https://beta.frdr.ca/repo/ (which serves the same purpose as UK's Research Data Discovery Service)", - (from [email protected]JISCMAIL.AC.UK).


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