DataCite is a global network of data centres, universities and other research organisations, offering services and support to researchers, data centres, publishers and research funders:
researchers can find, identify and cite research data and other research objects;
data centres can get the persistent identifier DOI for their data sets;
publishers can link basic research data to articles;
funders can see the results and impact of the projects they have supported.
The DOIs, assigned to data sets and other research objects in cooperation with data centres, form an infrastructure which allows effective finding and citing of data. Access to the data is ensured and they are open for re-use. Cited data is a natural component of today’s research communication, creating new opportunities for considering and recognising research results.
Suggested reading: Jan Brase 10 years of DataCite – How it all began (2019)