EZID (http://n2t.net/ezid), a tool for creating and maintaining long-term identifiers, has been selected for honorable mention in the Larry L. Sautter Award Program.
A key tool for researchers handling data, EZID has been adopted by 8 of the 10 UC campuses, as well as non-UC research libraries, government data centers, for-profit research services, and publishers. Researchers who use EZID have the ability to create and manage long-term identifiers, which are critically important to ensuring the widest usability of their data now and in the future. These identifiers are alphanumeric strings that stay constant and point to the digital location of an object (such as a dataset). Citation information can also be associated with the identifiers. When a researcher is writing a scholarly paper and cites the research data, she can refer to the actual data with this identifier, pointing to it directly. In this way, the researcher can track usage, get credit for her work, share her data, and have it reused for more research.
The award will be presented at the annual UC Computing Services Conference (UCCSC) at UC Berkeley, in early August. For more information about the conference, see https://uccsc.berkeley.edu/. For more information about EZID, see http://n2t.net/ezid