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What Makes Persistent Identifiers Persistent?


  • Nikos Askitas


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.

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  • Nikos Askitas, 2010. "What Makes Persistent Identifiers Persistent?," Working Paper Series of the German Council for Social and Economic Data 147, German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD).
  • Handle: RePEc:rsw:rswwps:rswwps147

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    1. Antoni Bosch-Domènech & José G. Montalvo & Rosemarie Nagel & Albert Satorra, 2002. "One, Two, (Three), Infinity, ...: Newspaper and Lab Beauty-Contest Experiments," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(5), pages 1687-1701, December.
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    1. Brigitte Hausstein, 2012. "Die Vergabe von DOI-Namen für Sozialund Wirtschaftsdaten Serviceleistungen der Registrierungsagentur da|ra," Working Paper Series of the German Council for Social and Economic Data 193, German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD).

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