The DataCite General Assembly met at the British Library last week and approved the inclusion of the re3data.org registry of research data repositories into the portfolio of services that are managed by the DataCite organization.
Over 1,200 data repositories have been indexed by re3data.org and can be searched and accessed at its website or by using its API. Bringing this service together with DataCite, who mints and manages Digital Object Identifiers for datasets, will yield new opportunities to explore in combining a registry of data repositories with information about persisted datasets to create new value for the research community.
A new re3data.org Working Group within DataCite will be co-chaired by Michael Witt and Frank Scholze, who will also lead the editorial board that evaluates new additions and maintains the records in the registry. Members of the working group will be appointed by the DataCite Executive Board and include equal participation from the original re3data.org project partners and DataCite member institutions. The working group will convene in September to migrate the operation of re3data.org to DataCite at the end of the year. Infrastructure and technical support for re3data.org will continue to be provided by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Project partners in re3data.org include the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Purdue University, and KIT. The work of re3data.org has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Germany and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the United States.