Re: [Dataverse-Users] Role of DOIs and Handles in Dataverse 4.0

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Ben Companjen

May 12, 2014, 11:58:33 AM5/12/14
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Hi Eleni,

(Personally speaking here)

Did you consider service costs? Looking at costs of various services, it seems that Handle is cheapest.
A Handle prefix costs $50 per year, whereas EZID starts at $500 per year (for DOI and ARKs) and DataCite requires a $8500 membership to allow allocation of new DOIs.

(Of course a Handle prefix does not come with allocation and resolution service per se, but the Handle software and DVN have done that so far.)

I attended a training with an introduction to EPIC, the European Persistent Identifier Consortium, that allows prefix owners to 'host' their handle server on a grid, for next to nothing (they haven't finalised their business model yet). So even if one's own infrastructure wouldn't support running a handle server, there are options to do it for little money.



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Eleni Castro

May 13, 2014, 1:59:25 PM5/13/14
Hi Ben,

Thanks for your feedback! Cost is definitely something we have been seriously thinking about as a possible barrier for installation/upgrade, but we're also looking at prioritizing our current development effort, since we are re-working the entire system for our 4.0 release. 

We will keep looking into this to see if there is a serious interest from the community in support for minting Handles in 4.0+. We also openly encourage contributions to our code in git via a pull request.



Eleni Castro
Research Coordinator, Data Acquisition and Archiving, Data Science
IQSS, Harvard University 

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