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EZID Service Update – July 2012

July Activities

  • EZID added support for an additional DataCite metadata element, resourceType. This is similar to the Dublin Core Format element, and it will become a required by DataCite in the next few months. We decided to help users prepare now for this by introducing support into our API and the user interface. The API documentation and tooltips now include information about this element (
  • Lead Architect John Kunze announced the forming of an ARK identifier discussion group. The group is intended as a public forum for people interested in sharing with and learning from others about how ARKs have been or could be used in identifier applications. Anyone interested can join at

EZID Partners and Clients

Our current EZID clients include academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations and a commercial entity. Bolded entries are new additions since our last update.

The UC Irvine Libraries are in the process of ordering EZID.

Service Description

EZID (easy-eye-dee) is a production service that gives researchers the ability to create and manage long-term identifiers so that they can to track usage, get credit for their work, share their data, and have the data reused for additional research. As a result, EZID identifiers also make it possible to increase citations, to build on previous work, to conduct new research, and avoid duplicating previous efforts.

Additional EZID Information (training materials, guides, FAQ, etc)

More information about EZID is available by sending an inquiry to See also EZID outreach and webinars: (

Service Statistics

Since June 25, 2010, EZID has had an uptime performance 99.9%.

EZID Service Manager

Joan Starr or