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The CSIRO Data Access Portal will now issue a DOI for restricted data and software collections.

A recent change to the DAP has enabled DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to be issued for data and software collections where the associated files cannot yet be made public, so long as the metadata about the collection can be made public.

In the past both the metadata and the files needed to be publicly available.

This change will enable a researcher to have a DOI when:

  • a researcher wants to publish the data or software in association with a journal article, and needs a DOI to include the citation for published data/software in their reference list, but does not wish to make the files available before the article is published.
  • ethical considerations mean that the data can only be available to selected users.
  • the data has other sensitivity concerns.

Embargos can be automatically applied to make the data public at a later date without changing the DOI.

Use Ask a Librarian or Research Data Support for assistance using the CSIRO Data Access Portal

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  1. Would be great if minor changes/corrections to the metadata associated with the collection that don't impact the data itself could be done without changing the DOI too. For example, correcting an error in the description/lineage or an oversight/omission of an author/collaborator for the data citation, etc

  2. Thank you Kristen for the feedback. Changes to the metadata NOT associated with the attribution/citation should not change the DOI (and don't need re-approval). Changes to the title, or the researchers or organisations you are attributing, will generate a new DOI. However a DOI change for an attribution can be overriden by the RDS team via a DOI review, so that minor corrections to a title or attribution can still be made. We wouldn't consider adding or deleting people from the attribution list a minor correction. When in doubt get in touch before making the change and we can advise any impact.