[OAI-implementers] persistent IDs: DOI vs Handle
jewelw at usc.edu
Tue Dec 14 19:36:47 EST 2004
How did you all decide on which kind of persistent ID to use for your
We at USC are in the midst of implementing our DL as a DP. The content
thus far consists of digitized images of (physical) photographs or
maps. Other collections to come include born-digital and born-physical
audio, video, papers, etc., and so on and so forth. Currently, we have
122,000 unique items, w/another 50,000 from the "old" DL system to be
migrated by June 30th 2005. And more to come after that....
However, we (which really means, "I", as I have to make a
recommendation) keep getting "stuck" on the persistent identifier
question, particularly DOI vs Handle. All items in the USC DL have a
"unique ID", but we just don't have any persistent IDs assigned.
Obviously, we can't go farther w/the DP implementation if we haven't
decided on which type of persistent ID to use.
On the one hand, I see the advantages and disadvantages of going w/the
Handle system...and on the other hand, the advantages and disadvantages
of choosing DOI. At various conferences this Fall, I also received
advice from many people, some of whom are on this list, that recommended
one choice over the other, but the advice always contradicted the
previous advice. ;-)
I am putting a matrix together to examine both, but...in my frustration,
I wonder if I shouldn't just toss a coin in the air and which ever side
it lands on is the one I'll use....
Any thoughts or advice on this process of choosing a persistent ID?
Or, on the pros and cons of DOI vs the Handle System?
[Btw, I looked at the OAI Best Practices wiki and did not see anything
listed yet on this issue, so perhaps this advice/discussion can be
adopted for the wiki.]
Thanks in advance,
Jewel H. Ward
Digital Resources Librarian &
Program Manager, USC Digital Archive
Leavey Library, Information Services Division
University of Southern California
Tel: (213) 821-2298
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