Digital Object Identifier (DOI) project

The ANDS funded Swinburne University Major Open Data Collections Project

Policy Online is currently undertaking a data citation project with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) Cite My Data service, which involves identifying sections of our repository that will be assigned Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs).

ANDS is a member of DataCite, an international organisation aiming to establish easy access to research data, increase the perception of research data as a legitimate contribution to the scholarly record, and support the archiving of data so that it may be accessible and usable in the future.

DataCite in turn is part of the International DOI foundation (IDF), a not-for-profit membership organisation that governs and manages the federation of Registration Agencies and provides DOI services. The IDF is the registration authority for the DOI standard, ISO 26324.

The vision behind this project for Policy Online is to make policy material more discoverable, citable and usable, and to facilitate the long-term accessibility of our datasets and grey literature collections. With this DOI project, we are working towards building a collaborative, networked grey literature citation community.


Why DOIs are a good idea

DOI minting is increasingly becoming one of the most popular international standards for data citation and is considered best practice. Recently the IDF announced that the DOI system has registered its one millionth DOI.

DOIs are permanent identifiers that are able to recognise data throughout its entire lifecycle – greatly enhancing discoverability and retrieval for researchers and institutions.

The ability to measure the impact of policy research will be drastically improved through this process.

ANDS maintains that when research is regularly cited, it achieves greater legitimacy and importance – notions that Policy Online continues to strive towards.


The benefits of applying DOIs to research through Policy Online:

  • No costs
  • Guaranteed registry listing with ANDS
  • Content is uniquely identified, allowing easier access to research data on the Internet
  • Content becomes accessible for long-term use
  • Research achieves a higher status, as DOIs have been implemented largely for scholarly, peer-reviewed publications
  • DOI names are supported by the International DOI Federation
  • ANDS has been working with ThomsonReuters and Elsevier investigating the tracking and recording of dataset use through DOIs – this would result in greater exposure of content through Web of Science and Scopus


Project management

This project is supported by the ANDS funded Swinburne University Major Open Data Collections Project grant. The project will be managed and implemented by a small team of researchers, information managers and developers.


Project team

Professor Julian Thomas, Director of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology

Amanda Lawrence, Project Manager, Australian Policy Online, Swinburne University of Technology

Richard Ferrers, ANDS Data Specialist, Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

Camilo Jorquera, Web and Information Coordinator, Australian Policy Online, Swinburne University of Technology

Jaye Weatherburn, Information Project Officer, Australian Policy Online, Swinburne University of Technology

Penelope Aitken, Editor, Australian Policy Online, Swinburne University of Technology

John Butera, Metadata Librarian, Swinburne Library, Swinburne University of Technology

Andrew Willshire, Project Manager, IT Services, Swinburne University of Technology



If you have any questions, enquiries or interest in being involved please contact

Jaye Weatherburn, Swinburne University of Technology


This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program.