Uniquely identifiable research data


Books have an ISBN, online articles in journals are assigned a digital object identifier (DOI). DOIs are also used in the AUSSDA Dataverse to increase the findability and citeability of research data.

All data archived in the AUSSDA Dataverse, which are ready to be reused, are assigned a unique DOI. By receiving a DOI, research data are uniquely and permanently identifiable – worldwide. At AUSSDA, a DOI can be reserved early on so researchers can properly cite their data in their publications, before archiving all their materials. Find out which data are eligible for a DOI at AUSSDA and how assignment and reservation work.


As soon as your data are entered into our Dataverse, a DOI is reserved for your dataset. At the moment, we archive quantitative data from the social sciences. Anyone needing a DOI to cite their data in a publication can contact the AUSSDA team, who will start the data archiving process and the reservation of the DOI.  

AUSSDA Dataverse & DOIs

The digital archive AUSSDA Dataverse is set up as a hierarchical structure. Various files (documentations, data files, syntax files, etc.) make up a dataset, and a collection of datasets of one research project can be found in its respective ”Dataverse”. DOIs at AUSSDA are assigned to datasets, leading to data files and accompanying documents sharing a DOI.  

Reserving & registering a DOI

What does a DOI registered with AUSSDA look like?


The first part is an AUSSDA-specific prefix, which is the same for all DOIs registered with AUSSDA. The second part of the DOI, the suffix, is a six-digit alphanumerical random sequence. DOIs are provided by the data registration agency da|ra and are permanently saved there. AUSSDA makes sure this entry is kept up to date, even in the rare case that the dataset is deleted.

If you need a DOI you can contact us directly to start the archiving process!      

A screenshot showing what a DOI at AUSSDA could look like.

This is what a real DOI looks like, automatically entered in the appropriate metadata field.

A name tag showing the AUSSDA-specific DOI

The prefix is the same for all DOIs registered with AUSSDA.