DiSSCo chooses DOIs for Digital extended Specimens

DiSSCo has chosen DOI Foundation DOIs for Digital extended Specimens by evaluating twenty-two Handle System PID scheme options. Our evaluation was published 6th July in Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal. If you’d like to find out how we evaluated and why we chose DOIs, read the article: A choice of persistent identifier schemes for the Distributed System of Scientific Collections (DiSSCo) by @hardistyar, @waddink, fglöckner, @aguentsch, @sharif.islam and @cweiland.

It covers DiSSCo requirements for a Handle-based PID scheme for DS, explanation of the different Handle System variants and modes of operationalising the use of these, as well as discussion of the value of branding identifiers to address a specific community of use, and the next steps we need to take to implement the chosen scheme.

The first of the next steps has already been taken, with the DiSSCo Coordination and Support Office becoming a member of the DOI Foundation, and with moderating the Digital extended Specimen Phase 2 consultation topic on PID schemes that I previously announced. Further steps include developing the governance, operations, financing and service portfolio models for a new Registration Agency in collaboration with the DOI Foundation to provide durable persistent identifiers for DS.