What Makes Persistent Identifiers Persistent?

11 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2010

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Nikos Askitas

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: June 1, 2010


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

Suggested Citation

Askitas, Nikos, What Makes Persistent Identifiers Persistent? (June 1, 2010). RatSWD Working Paper No. 147, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1639996 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1639996

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