How to get USDA Forest Service R&D a DOI?


Thanks for pointing this out.

The number you quote is interesting for two reasons:

1) RDS supposedly has only 247 datasets

2) R&D has 47,725 publications in Treesearch (

Do you know if there is a tool where I can explore items under that 10.273 code? (by the way – is there an official word for that part of a DOI? I’ve always just said “it’s the unique identifier for the publisher” but I suspect there is a more precise name?)

What I mean by “a tool where I can explore items” is something like this tool:

The reason I ask is I am wondering if it is possible for me to examine the full range of items and know if any PNW in-house publications have a DOI that we at PNW simply don’t know about.

The total items with a DOI that you quoted (over 10K) makes me suspect some of our PNW publications *might* have a DOI already assigned, and PNW Research Station is as yet unaware of the existence of those DOIs.

(FS is a large enough organization that sometimes we don’t know what’s going on in other divisions.)

Here is an example of why I’m asking:

The Pacific Northwest Research Station has 929 publications of the type “General Technical Report” (see link below):

To my knowledge, none of these items have DOIs assigned, although I feel strongly they ought to have one.

So, PNW either needs to match our publications with their existing DOI (that we are unaware of), or we need to retroactively assign DOIs post publication for these 929 items.

One last question – do you happen to have a contact on your end for who to get in touch with associated with the 10.273 code?



From: Geoffrey Bilder [mailto:gbilder [ a t ]]
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 1:51 AM
To: Jessel, Tanner – FS <tjessel [ a t ]>
Subject: Re: How to get USDA Forest Service R&D a DOI?

Hi Tanner. Good to hear from you. It looks like the USDA Forest service R&D is already a Crossref member and has assigned over 10K DOIs (including to data). See, for example:

So it looks like you should be good to go.

Let me know if you have any questions.



On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 10:55 PM, Jessel, Tanner – FS <tjessel [ a t ]> wrote:


Tanner here – you and I know each other from working on DataONE together.

I’m currently working a post-masters research fellowship in science communication with the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development program’s Pacific Northwest Research Station.

FS R&D is the largest forestry R&D organization in the world and we do quite a lot of in-house publications for materials that never go into a traditional academic publications – publishing is often done in-house for things like “general technical reports” or “research notes” or datasets.

There’s growing awareness we need to be assigning DOI’s to datasets and publications that don’t appear in academic journals.

I wonder if you could point me in the right direction for how to get USDA Forest Service R&D on the road to assigning DOI’s (or other form of persistent identifier)?

Is Crossref an RA that would create a unique “publisher” identifier for R&D as a whole, based on a subscription relationship?

Would the first step be here?

Also, do you happen to know if a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture or Forest Service organization has already established a relationship with CrossRef?



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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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