EZID is a service of the Purdue University Libraries that allows creators and publishers of data and other digital content to obtain persistent identifiers for their work. It allows researchers to register their data sets and assign unique, persistent identifiers to them. This makes data easier to locate, identify, and cite.
EZID is a service conceived, built, and maintained by the California Digital Library (CDL). CDL was founded by the University of California in 1997 to take advantage of emerging technologies that were transforming the way digital information was being published and accessed. CDL's diverse and talented staff has assembled one of the world's largest digital research libraries and has changed the ways that faculty, students, and researchers discover and access information.
CDL has relationships with a wide range of researchers across the University, including natural history museums, research groups, individual scientists and faculty members on all 10 UC campuses. CDL staff members bring a unique blend of experience to this multi-disciplinary venture. CDL staff members have formal training in science, mathematics, the humanities, and information science, as well as deep professional experience in the creation of software, services, and funded proposals.
CDL has extensive contacts with scientists, within the University of California and beyond via projects funded by the Library of Congress, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health (pending) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. More information about CDL's grants and partnerships is available. Finally, CDL is a founding member of the international DataCite consortium, which is dedicated to providing the social and technical infrastructure that will enable data sharing and publication.