[tdwg-tag] Are DOIs expensive?
"Markus Döring (GBIF)"
mdoering at gbif.org
Tue Nov 25 11:59:06 CET 2008
That is very interesting, Gregor. Apparently it is up to the
registration agency on how much they charge (and not the central DOI).
There are currently 8 agencies for different areas with the German TIB
issuing DOI prefixes for "registration of scientific primary and
secondary data" at the cost of 250€ per prefix (which allows you to
create as many DOIs as you like).
It would also be possible to setup a new registration agency for
biodiversity data if we feel this is more suited to our needs. There
are several costs associated with this though, an annual membership
fee ($35.000), a "franchise fee" for each newly registered name ($0.04/
doi) and a maintenance fee ($0.005/doi). So this is clearly much more
expensive and would be around 9 million dollars each year for 200
million occurrence records in GBIF.
So I guess this is what was investigated before and which is far too
expensive. But it should be worth consulting the TIB registry, 250€
per publisher doesnt sound bad at all.
PS: I am expressing my personal thoughts in this conversation and not
GBIFs official policy.
On Nov 25, 2008, at 6:26, Gregor Hagedorn wrote:
> I previously concurred with arguments against DOI on the basis of
> cost. However, is this correct?
> http://www.tib-hannover.de/en/the-tib/doi-registration-agency/ states
> a yearly fee of 250 EUR for the publisher, not a per-object fee. That
> is considerably less than the Total Cost of Ownership of running
> custom-designed LSID software. DOI is well established and many people
> already know that it can be looked up on the web ...
> Gregor Hagedorn
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