Frequently asked questions


1. Background to DataCite
2. Communicating with DataCite
3. Working with DataCite

1. Background to DataCite

What is DataCite?
We are an international organisation which aims to:

  • establish easier access to research data
  • increase acceptance of research data as legitimate contributions in the scholarly record, and to
  • support data archiving to permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study.

We have a Managing Agent (currently the German National Library of Science and Technology, TIB) along with regional Members.

When was DataCite founded?
We were founded in London on 1 Dec 2009, by: the British Library, the Technical Information Center of Denmark, TU Delft Library, the National Research Council’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), California Digital Library, Purdue University, and the German National Library of Science and Technology. Since our foundation, we have been joined by several more leading organisations around the world.

What is a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)?
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI®) System is for identifying content objects in the digital environment. For further information, see our website or the DOI entry on Wikipedia.

2. Communicating with DataCite

How can I contact you?
Please contact us via our contact form. We will respond as soon as we can.

How can I receive updates from DataCite?
You can subscribe to our news feed.

Are you on Twitter?
Yes! Follow us here: @DataCite

I am organising an event. How can I invite someone to speak about DataCite?
We do our best to ensure that DataCite is represented at relevant conferences and events. Please get in touch with us via our contact form and we will respond as soon as we can.

3. Working with DataCite

I am a data centre looking to assign persistent identifiers to datasets. What do I need to do next?
Please contact us and we will refer you to your local DataCite Member. You may also contact the appropiate Member directly, based on your location. Once you have established a relationship with the Member organisation, you will be provided with access to the DataCite service for minting persistent identifiers (DOIs) and registering associated metadata.

I am a researcher. How can I get a persistent identifier for my data?
Please contact a DataCite Member in your region for assistance. To see a list of DataCite Members, visit our Members page or contact us via ourcontact form.

How does my organisation become a Member of DataCite?
DataCite has two levels of participation: full membership and associate membership. Full membership is geared towards national libraries and data centres, while associate membership is open to a broader group of organisations who support the aims and interests of DataCite. Organisations seeking information on eligibility requirements may find information about the membership online.

DataCite helps researchers to find, access, and reuse data (Impressum).