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:

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 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)

o Examples:

§ Northern Research Station:

§ Rocky Mountain Research Station:

§ Pacific Northwest Research:

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,


Tanner Jessel, MSIS
Science Communications Research Fellow
Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Research Station

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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.

Posted on January 6, 2017, in Uncategorized, USFS Research. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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