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Note: We'd like to thank all the EZID clients who gave us input to our Summer 2015 strategic planning process. We greatly appreciate your input, and the information you gave us has influenced the choices we made.

User Interface Improvements

  1. Improve EZID’s usability and enhance its functionality by completing the EZID User Interface (UI) redesign, including:

    1. Identifier issues (e.g., broken links)

    2. Usage statistics

    3. Identifier search

  2. Post-implementation: support CrossRef submission via UI

June 2016 Update: The User Interface Redesign was released on June 13, 2016. Item #1 above is complete.

Application Programming Interface Improvements

  1. Support programming frameworks that are in common use by providing additional metadata submission options (e.g., JSON) and retrieval mechanisms (e.g., content negotiation).

  2. Make processing by external workflows, systems, and applications more effective, by adding new batch-oriented functionality (such as bulk minting, bulk updates, and rule-based operations).

Architecture Improvements

  1. Improve EZID’s and N2T’s reliability and redundancy by implementing a high availability (HA) server architecture.

  2. Give institutional users more control over their sponsored accounts by introducing a new EZID ownership model.

  3. Increase the utility of one or more legacy identifier schemes by adding support in EZID and N2T.

  4. Strengthen identifier persistence by rolling out a regular link checking service.

June 2016 Update: EZID is well on the way to adopting HA architecture (1). In addition, the new ownership model has been implemented in the new user interface (2).

Community and outreach objectives

  1. Promote community building, by organizing a client-oriented EZID or “DataCite North America” conference.

  2. Seek communities and partners to broaden the support base for EZID and N2T while promoting scalable long-term growth (e.g., replication).

  3. Work with partners to explore support for hard problems in data citation, such as long lists of authors, contributors, etc., by engaging in community discussions, collaborating in projects, and presenting at workshops and conferences.

June 2016 Update: Due to budgetary restrictions, the hoped-for conference had to be deferred. The EZID team continues to work on the remaining outreach objectives.

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