Note: We'd like to thank all the EZID clients who participated in the Spring 2014 priority setting exercises. We greatly appreciate your input, and the information you gave us has influenced the choices we made.
Metadata editing in the UI
At the present time, if you create a DOI record using the Advanced Create screen in the user interface (UI), you cannot use the UI to edit that record. We plan to add this functionality. Delivered: Sept. 30, 2014
Download of identifiers and metadata
We plan to make it possible for you to download all your identifiers and their metadata in a format you can maniputate outside of EZID. Our first pass at this will be available via the API, and we will introduce it to the UI at a later date. Status, Dec. 2014: We expect to deliver a batch download API service this month as well as introduce an OAI-PMH interface for harvest of public identifiers and their metadata.
We will implement a service to inform account owners of links that need repair. The service will run on a periodic basis and provide an important component of persistence assurance.
We will expose EZID system usage statistics in the UI. Over time, this and other information will also become available at the group level for group administrators. Status, Dec. 2014: We expect to introduce this feature in the redesigned user interface.
EZID currently supports identifier lookup only. We will expand this to support broader search options by metadata fields, for example. Status, Dec. 2014: We expect to introduce this feature in the redesigned user interface.
Performance and reliability enhancements
Various improvements are envisioned to improve the speed of processes and build the foundation for the Search functionality (above).
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 to Amazon Web Services (AWS) is underway.
Various improvements will be introduced to increase EZID's reliability. Status, Dec. 2014: We implemented changes to the retry logic in EZID's connections to external systems, resulting in prevention of transaction errors during downtimes. Additionally, we created new automated tools for checking the integrity of EZID databases.
New directions to watch
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, Dec. 14: testing with early adopters. 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, Dec. 14: Visual design is underway.
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.