c. Credits

The re-use of data is becoming common practice and data citations are on the rise. Be sure to archive and publish your data with a Persistent Identifier (PID) so that it is findable and citable by others. In this way, you are likely to receive credits for your contribution to society and science.

One very important piece of metadata when your data goes public, is how to cite your data. The advantage of a persistent identifier (PID) over a normal web address is that the PID always points to the data, even if the data itself has changed location.

Several types of PID exist, such as DOI, Handle, URN, ARk, PURL, etc. It doesn't matter which one you use for your data citation, although DOI is currently the most integrated in automatic citation counting algorithms.

Citations to your data can add to your academic impact. Indicate in your (Creative Commons) license or user agreement that you want your data cited when reused.

Data citations work just like book or journal article citations and can include the following information:

  • Author;
  • Year;
  • Dataset title;
  • Repository;
  • Version;
  • Persistent IDentifier (PID), preceded by the URL.

More information on PIDs can be found at the Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed (NDE) (voorheen Nationale Coalitie Digitale Duurzaamheid (NCDD)).

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact your local medical library to help you with this.

And/or use the Toolbox to find Persistent Identifiers.