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This presentation looks at the emerging trends of implementing Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and the storage, preservation, and accessibility of related data files for both ETDs and retrospective theses and dissertations (RTDs). The first half of this presentation will explore implementation models for DOIs, including additional metadata work that may become apparent, such as standardizing institutional degrees, as well as the successful administration of a DOI workflow between the graduate school and the library. Participants will learn how DOIs work and their benefit of increased cite-ability and discoverability. Attendees will also learn how to develop a successful workflow in conjunction with both Crossref and Digital Commons.

The second half of the presentation will focus on including and managing data files that are submitted along with ETDs, including a brief look at efforts to encourage students to think about the creation and preservation of their data. We will explore the inclusion of data files within the Digital Commons platform, as well as the use of the open source research data repository software of Dataverse. Attendees will develop an awareness of the conventional issues faced in the storage and administration of data and will become versed in the specifications of both Digital Commons and Dataverse. We will leave ample time for questions and lively discussion of best practices related to both DOIs and Data files.

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