May 23, 2022

New Initiative & Collaboration: CrossRef and DataCite Will Work to Accelerate Adoption Of DOIs For Data Publication and Citation

From a Joint Announcement (CrossRef) and DataCite

CrossRef and DataCite announce new initiative to accelerate the adoption of DOIs for data publication and citation

In 2014 DataCite celebrates its fifth year of operation and CrossRef its fifteenth. Together we have registered almost 75 million DOIs. Today the two organisations are committing to accelerate the adoption of DOIs for data publication and citation.


DataCite and CrossRef have agreed to collaborate to:

  • Enhance the interoperability of their respective systems in order to make it easier for publishers, data centres, libraries and third parties to integrate with the scholarly DOI ecosystem.
  • Provide comprehensive support for interlinking between articles and data.
  • Develop open APIs and open source tools to surface citations and other relationships between publications and data sets.
  • Integrate into their services other existing scholarly communications initiatives such as ORCID and CrossRef’s FundRef.
  • Develop systems, workflows and best practices for using DOIs to reference large, highly granular and dynamic data.

Geoffrey Bilder, CrossRef’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, said “Nobody in the scholarly communications community can have failed to notice the surge in interest in data publication and the widespread desire to link publications to their underlying data. About once a month we are invited to participate in yet another conference, workshop or initiative to address the issues around data and data citation. This is a fast moving area, and in order to meet the needs of researchers and our respective memberships, we need to make sure that CrossRef and DataCite are working together closely, quickly and efficiently.”

Adam Farquhar, President of DataCite, says “Collectively, DataCite and CrossRef manage nearly 75 million DOIs that identify critical research objects in the scholarly record. It is vital to the DOI ecosystem to ensure our systems are interoperable and that we make the most efficient use of our resources through collaboration and sharing. This is particularly true as we try to meet the requirements raised in the fast-moving community that is focused on data publication, citation, and reuse.”

See Also: New Experimental Tool From CrossRef Labs to Help Link Data With Publications (September 25, 2014)

See Also: DataCite Records Will Now Be Added to Data Citation Index From Thomson Reuters (August 28, 2014)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.