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Compilation of Recommendations


Short Title

Identifiers for dataset revisions

Source Documnent

Principles and best practices in data versioning for all datasets big and small

Source Document Link


Publishing Organisation

RDA Data Versioning WG

Date of Publication



Quality control/ curation

Addressed Stakeholders

data service providers, data stewards


versioning, PID, persistent identifiers


Because the production of a revised dataset produces a new entity with a new identity, the data producer or the data repository should consider issuing a new identifier. Whether the revision is encoded in the dataset’s persistent identifier will depend on the policy of the data repository. If repositories decide to mint a global persistent identifier such as DOI for each revision, repositories should follow DataCite's recommendation not to use mnemonics in identifiers.