[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
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