EZID relies on the N2T (Name-to-Thing) infrastructure, which provides services for ARKs (and other identifiers) similar to what the Handle system provides for DOIs (and Handles). In 2014-2015 we will simplify the replication strategy for N2T and double the replication network. Status, Dec. 2014: Planning for the first components' move June 2015: EZID and N2T migrated to Amazon Web Services (AWS) is underway.
Various improvements will be introduced to increase EZID's reliability. Status, Dec. 2014: We made EZID more resilient against temporary network interruptions and system outages when communicating with external systems. Additionally, we created new automated tools for checking the integrity of EZID databases and for checking consistency between EZID databases and external databases.
EZID (and CDL) is in the process of becoming a Sponsoring Publisher Member of CrossRef. We are taking this step to benefit our non-profit open access (OA) publishing clients. Often, this means our clients that are library publishers. If you fit this profile, contact us (mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more about how this will benefit you. In an nutshell, you will be able to use EZID DOIs to get CrossRef services for your OA content. Status, April 2015: in production. More information available here.
User Interface (UI) redesign
Over the next 12 months, the EZID UI will be undergoing a redesign. Changes will be phased in, avoiding as much disruption as possible. We are aiming to make the user experience ever simpler and more friendly. Status, April July 2015: Web production design is underwayis on track for a 1st quarter 2016 delivery.
Off into the Sunset
Forward progress sometimes means saying goodbye. If you are one of the clients who enjoyed working directly with the old noid.cdlib.org server, we invite you to begin the process of transitioning to EZID. The old server is being retired on December 1, 2014. Please contact us for more details and for help planning a strategy for the move.