DataCite Support

What is the difference between Members and Users?

DataCite's strength is rooted in its active membership. DataCite’s global community, from more than 20 countries, includes data centers, libraries, government agencies, research universities and more. DataCite members are the voting body of the organisation. Membership is open to all organisations that share our data sharing mission.

DataCite does not allocate DOIs directly; this activity is undertaken by many of DataCite’s members, who act as DOI allocating agents. DataCite members enable data owners, stewards, or archives to assign persistent identifiers to research data. These are the DataCite Users, those who access DataCite services through our Members.

Organizations wishing to become DataCite members are welcome to apply. For more on membership, visit this page:

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