[GRASS-PSC] Introducing DOI for software, documentation and data in the GRASS project

Markus Neteler neteler at osgeo.org
Thu Nov 17 03:04:00 PST 2016


I take liberty to split Peter's email
into two, separating out the DOI part for an "unmixed" discussion:

On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 7:41 PM, "Peter Löwe" <peter.loewe at gmx.de> wrote:
> b) Option to use persistent identifiers (Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)) for software, documentation and data in the GRASS project. DOI are currently mostly known to reference and cite scientific articles ("like a ISBN number for books"). DOI can also be assigned to scientific data, including software. The benefit in doing this is providing scientific citability, which implies scientific credit and recognition for the authors of the software or data. DOI for software/data are provided/minted by the DataCite non profit organisation (https://www.datacite.org/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DataCite). OSGeo, being a non profit organisation itself with significant IT infrastructure, could apply to DataCite to receive DOI (has already been positively checked by the DataCite folks). However, this requires a need within the OSGeo projects to use DOI. I believe this could be a great driver to foster the authoring and publication of add-on modules for GRASS, for which the authors could be credited via a DOI upon "publication" within the GRASS community. FWIW, DOI are already assigned to all OSGeo (and GRASS!)-related FOSS4G conference videos in the TIB AV-Portal. Example: http://dx.doi.org/10.5446/20425 (DOI also serve as "unbreakable" weblinks.)

Like others I think that this proposal is very interesting.

The question for me is: what do we need to do for that? Since a DOI
refers to a state in time, GRASS GIS module DOIs might be attached to
releases since they evolve over time. How would that practically work?


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