DataCite Use Cases Around the World: Nanyang Technological University – NTU Singapore 

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DataCite use cases around the world: Welcome to our blog series shining a spotlight on how research institutions integrate DataCite infrastructure into their systems and workflows. Join us as we explore real-world examples, best practices, and the impact of the DataCite community.


Yuyun Ishak leads the Institutional Repositories Team in Nanyang Technological University Library. She has spearheaded the research data repository assessment in NTU Library which led to certification. She enjoys interacting with repositories’ end-users and is passionate about user education.

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Mohamad Mostafa:
What were the reasons at your institution for joining DataCite as a member?

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Yuyun Ishak:
We needed a persistent Identifier (PID) service for our research data repository, DR-NTU (Data). We identified DataCite as the ideal solution as they are specialized in registering research datasets (and other research outputs) in comparison to other more generic registration agencies. The chance to join the Dataverse Consortium eventually convinced us.

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Mohamad Mostafa:
How are  DataCite services currently used at your institution?

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Yuyun Ishak:
NTU research data repository, DR-NTU (Data), obtains Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) from DataCite and tracks the views and download statistics of our datasets. Integrating the metrics recommended by Make Data Count into our Dataverse installation enables us to gain insights into citations and other usage data of our research data sets (e.g. https://doi.org/10.21979/N9/DWWEBV).

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Mohamad Mostafa:
What were the most important steps in integrating DataCite infrastructure into your systems/workflows?

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Yuyun Ishak:
It is important to get the buy-in and support from stakeholders, such as decision-makers and researchers, assuring them that seamless and integrated PIDs are necessary for a robust and trusted data repository. Details of the DataCite configuration in Dataverse can be obtained from the Dataverse guide.

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Mohamad Mostafa:
What challenges did you face during the implementation and how did you address them?

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Yuyun Ishak:
When we implemented the COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data driven by Make Data Count, we needed DataCite’s assistance to guide and troubleshoot the teething issues.  Luckily, we did get help from DataCite Support and succeeded in collecting metrics on data use, views, downloads, and citations.

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Mohamad Mostafa:
What kind of outreach, communication, and training did you do for staff and researchers at your organization before, during, and after adopting DataCite services? What worked, what didn’t?

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Yuyun Ishak:
The data repository is part of the institution’s research data policy and data governance policy. In the early years, we did regular email communication with end-users. The approach evolved to be a regular newsletter that covers not only data repositories but also best practices in research data management.  Aside from the quarterly workshops for our researchers, we provide consultancy and advocacy that promotes data repositories and responsible data sharing.

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Mohamad Mostafa:
What impact has DataCite adoption had internally?

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Yuyun Ishak:
DataCite’s DOI registration is integrated seamlessly into DR-NTU (Data) – this automated process is fast and reliable.  Being a DataCite Member and supporting the Make Data Count initiative is a long-term investment for us.

A bar chart showing the cumulative growth of registered research outputs with DOIs by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore.
Cumulative growth of registered research outputs with DOIs by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore.
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Mohamad Mostafa:
What advice do you have for other institutions planning to adopt DataCite infrastructure?

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Yuyun Ishak:
Try rigorously, review critically, and communicate the benefits clearly to your stakeholders.

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Mohamad Mostafa
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Yuyun Ishak
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