Websites come and go, and often change their internal structure, making it hard to ensure that links stay active for a long time. It’s annoying to click on a broken link, but in scholarly publishing, link rot is especially problematic for citations to journal articles. In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Geoffrey Builder, Strategic Director at CrossRef, about link rot, unique digital identifiers and the infrastructure needed in order to support persistent links.
This episode also covers:
- The history of CrossRef
- Why metadata is important for publishers
- Organizational identifiers for institutions with ORCID and DataCite
- Using DOIs for work other than journal articles such as books, software, figures and data
- Benefits of DOIs for researchers
Interested in learning more? Follow Geoff on Twitter @gbilder and check out more info below:
- CrossRef, the non-profit organization that provides a collaborative linking service.
- Similarity Check, previously known as CrossCheck, uses iThenticate to prevent and identify plagiarism in scholarly publishing.
- Open Funder Registry, which provides a common taxonomy of funding body names for funding data initiative participants.
- Geoff Bilder talk w/ORCID & DataCite on organizational identifiers.
- A guide on how to use CrossRef APIs for text and data mining.