Comments on FDSN recommendations for seismic network DOIs and related FDSN
services (14 May 2014):
I support the FDSN recommendation for seismic network DOIs and related FDSN
services with the following 2 exceptions:
1. The FDSN document states the the Publisher should be:
"The institution (or data center) responsible for making
the data, ie the DOI and landing page, permanently available.
This is defined as the entity that holds, archives, publishes,
prints, distributes, releases, issues, or produces the resource.
The publisher should be the organization that mints the DOI".
Based on my reading of the Datacite Metadata Schema 3.0, I disagree that the
"Publisher" should be the organization that mints the DOI. I argue that the
"Resource" for the DOI is the seismic network itself, and NOT the DOI and
From the Datacite Metadata schema 3.0:
Publisher: (defined field in Datacite Metadata Schema 3.0)
The name of the entity that holds, archives, publishes,
prints, distributes, releases, issues, or produces the
resource. This property will be used to formuate the
citation, so consider the prominence of this role.
Resources: (defined in Datacite Metadata Schema 3.0 Introduction)
Resource can be files, parts of files, persons, organizations,
Subject: (defined field in Datacite Metadata Schema 3.0)
Subject, keywork, classification, code, or key phrase
describing the resource.
ResourceType: (defined field in Datacite Metadata Schema 3.0)
A description of the resource.
If the FDSN recommends that the "Resource" be "Other/Seismic Network", the
Publisher of the resource should not necessarily be the minter of the DOI.
For a seismic network, the publisher should be the organization that
builds/operates the seismic network, rather than the publisher/minter of the
DOI. If the "Resource" in the Datacite schema is by definition the
DOI/landing page rather that the network, there would be no need for items
such as a "Resource Type" field, and indeed the "ResourceType" would be
something like "DOI/landing page".
2. I don't agree that the FDSN should (even in the future) REQUIRE
that an organization provide a DOI when requesting a network code assigment,
OR have the FDSN automatically create a DOI that the network cannot
manage or control. This should be OPTIONAL, and at the REQUEST of
The FDSN recommendation document initially states that:
Through this "optional" service, FDSN will offer to mint and
manage the DOI fora network. The DOI will be owned by FDSN and
the network operator will not have full or direct control over the
However, it later states:
When requesting a new network code, or updating information
on an existing network that has no registered DOI, the network
operator will be asked (and eventually required) to either
provide a self-minted DOI or elect to have FDSN mint and
manage a DOI for the network.
I recommend that this be wording changed to ensure the FDSN mints a DOI for a
network ONLY at the explicit request of a network.
- Doug Neuhauser, 2014/05/23
On 05/19/2014 01:51 PM, Tim Ahern wrote:
Hello members of FDSN WG III
Several groups in Europe as well as IRIS staff have put considerable effort into identifying a way in which researchers can give proper credit to operators of seismic networks. The attached document is the result of several months of discussions.
We would like to have FDSN WG-III adopt this recommendation for Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for FDSN use. The concept relies on the Network Code but offers two options as to how the DOIs are minted/created. Please read the following recommendation over and either agree that the FDSN should adopt
the proposed DOI usage or not. Please send your comments to the entire group for their consideration.
Please respond by June 9, 2014, three weeks from today. The proposal will take more time than usual to digest but hopefully three weeks is enough time for your consideration. If we have not heard back from you by June 9, we will assume you have no objection to the proposal.
Regards and thanks for your consideration of this proposal
Dr. Tim Ahern
Chair of FDSN WG III on
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