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What Makes Persistent Identifiers Persistent?

Nikos Askitas

No 147, RatSWD Working Papers from German Data Forum (RatSWD)

Abstract: This essay sketches technical and non-technical issues around persistent identifiers (henceforth PIs) in a manner which makes no attempt to be complete. Our goal is to rescue the core notions from the obscurity which detail and completeness burdens them with. A reader willing to entertain the idea of their necessity should be able to cut to the chase and follow a more complex and involved debate after reading this. Our hope is that in isolating the core issues we will enable a more founded discussion of the social and political issues involved in PIs.

Keywords: Persistent Identifier; handle; DOI; data; trust; URN; RePEc (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 11
Date: 2010
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