Research Data Initiatives

The library is partnering with institutions and organizations around the world to make it easier for researchers at U-M to be identified and to be able to identify research datasets in today's international research setting.  


Researchers have long struggled to distinguish themselves from others with the same or similar names, and correct spelling of unusual names. The library is a global partner in piloting an identification system known as ORCID (pronounced “orkid”) at U-M for researchers. Learn more about this project on the ORCID Initiative page. Questions about ORCID implementation can be directed to the ORCID Task Force.


Data can now be cited in the same way as other sources of information, such as articles and books. One way of doing this is through a unique code -- or 'persistent identifier' known as a digital object identifier (DOI). These can be displayed as linkable and permanent URLs along with the traditional citation. The library is partnering with the California Digital Library, Purdue University Library, and DataCite to produce DOIs for the U-M community. Learn  more about this project on the DataCite Initiative page. Questions about DataCite can be directed to

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Last modified: 07/15/2015