Be persistent and avoid 404 errors

20th November 2008, by

A new RSP briefing paper has been published on persistent identifiers.

Persistent access is as vital as open access for institutional repositories. Persistent identifiers are one solution to this problem, and this RSP briefing paper introduces some of the main schemes currently available. Repository softwares support persistence, either by generating identifiers directly or by allowing the use of other schemes, but the types of identifiers vary across software platforms.

An important part of persistence is organisational policy, however, not just the adoption of technical solutions. In essence, the persistence of an object is only effective if the organisation maintains and manages this persistence. Don't lose your audience to 404 errors. Read this paper and ensure that works in your repository have identifiers that persist over time.

All Briefing Papers are available from the Publications section of the RSP Website.


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