I wanted to expand on my remark yesterday at our meeting that RDA recommendations and outputs (at least the "endorsed" ones) need DOIs to become easily and unambiguously citable by others in the scientific community, also making RDA as an organization more recognizable as - if you will - a publisher of those works, where the groups are the creators/authors. (As of now, there are apparently 30 RDA-assigned DOIs.)
1. I would argue that is a necessary but not sufficient step to assign DOIs to these outputs - the DOIs also need to be visible in the outputs themselves for others to reliably cite the works (by their DOIs).
For example, the "landing page" for 23 Things: Libraries for Research Data shows the DOIs for those documents in different languages, but those DOIs don't appear in - for instance - the English version or the German version. Another example, the "landing page" for Scalable Dynamic Data Citation Methodology shows a DOI, but following it eventually leads to a document - incidentally, with a different title - Data Citation of Evolving Data that does not show that assigned DOI.
A solution might be for whoever assigns the DOI in the Secretariat (?) to put that on a consistent, template-based cover page that will be, perhaps in collaboration with the producing WG/IG's chairs, prepended to the output, also of course showing the title of the output, "Research Data Alliance," name of the output-producing IG/WG with a link back to its RDA webpage, perhaps the names of its co-chairs, publication date, etc. (That would address the point "Each document will get a DOI. Need a process to associate with the policy." in the Document Publication Policy.)
2. RDA marketing efforts of the outputs should show the assigned DOIs; for example, the recommendation card for Scalable Dynamic Data Citation Methodology should show http://dx.doi.org/10.15497/RDA00016, perhaps in the area of the QR code.
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RDA as "publisher" of/display of DOIs in Recommendations & Outputs
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