How is a Forest Service DOI born?
Hi Dave and Laurie,
I’m a post-master’s research participant in science communication with the Pacific Northwest Research Station’s Communications and Applications Group.
I found your contact info here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/archive/contactus
I’m looking into the Forest Service’s use of digital object identifiers and I noticed that the Data Archive reliably uses DOIs.
I thought you might be able to help me better understand the process by which FS is able to generate a DOI for digital assets.
I’ve gathered a few facts:
· the USDA Forest Service is registered with crossref.org with member ID 1450.
· datasets published by the FS Research Data Archive generally have the prefix “10.2737”
· Digital Assets with a DOI on TreeSearch appear to have the same prefix (10.2737)
§ Northern Research Station: http://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-87-2
§ Rocky Mountain Research Station: http://doi.org/10.2737/rmrs-rp-3
§ Pacific Northwest Research: http://doi.org/10.2737/pnw-gtr-839
With these facts in hand, I have a few questions I hoped you might be able to shed some light on.
1) Do you know how a DOI is assigned to a FS digital asset (either in FS RDA, or TreeSearch?)
If you do have knowledge of how a DOI is assigned to FS digital assets, I have three additional questions I wonder if you could help me with:
2) Is there a lag time between when an asset is uploaded to TreeSearch and when it is assigned a DOI?
3) Are existing publications being retroactively assigned a DOI?
4) Is an individual Research Station able to assign DOIs to publications, either retroactively or proactively?
Thanks for any help,
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