Data Help with Data Policies, Forms & Procedures Attribution of UNAVCO Support & Community Datasets Data Policy Data Policy FAQ PBO High-Rate GPS Data Policy Real-time Streaming GPS Data Policy Code of Conduct

Related Attribution Policies & Practices

We provide here related guidance for attributing services and community datasets. Professional standards for co-authorship, citation, or acknowledgment are established by professional organizations.
Some publishers provide for formal referencing of unpublished datasets held in national archives such as the GAGE Facility’s. You can find more information here:

Related Organizational Guidelines

On Ethics and Integrity

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

The DOI system for datasets works analogously to the system for journal articles. For data, the DOI is a persistent identifier (e.g. for the digital dataset. It provides a globally unique, web compatible, alphanumeric string that allows access to dataset metadata and the digital data. Integral to the functioning of this persistent identifier is the associated citation summary web page maintained by the dataset publisher. GAGE/UNAVCO, as the dataset publisher, maintains the citation summary page referenced by each GAGE/UNAVCO DOI. This page provides the user community with a basic citation and related metadata plus a link to the data and the observational metadata. If the URL for this page must be migrated at GAGE/UNAVCO, or other DOI metadata changes, GAGE/UNAVCO updates the URL and/or metadata within the DOI system; the overall system ensures that the DOI continues to lead the user to the correct page, and the identifier remains meaningful through time.

As a DataCite Allocating Member, our assignment mechanism utilizes and follows the standards and practices for DOI minting at DataCite, an international consortium dedicated to helping researchers find, access, and reuse data. DataCite in turn utilizes the resolver services from the International DOI Foundation ( Each publishable dataset in the GAGE/UNAVCO Archive has had (or shortly will have) a DOI minted using this mechanism. (The term "publishable dataset" is further explained in the FAQ section.)

See also:


Last modified: 2023-09-15  14:58:41  America/Denver