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As a user of data it is important to have persistent identifiers to: (1) share where data is described and located, and (2) cite data and services in long-lived publications (e.g., journals). This is one of the core features of the NCI Data Catalogue beyond data discovery. While data can sometimes be re-organised or superseded with later versions, the information used for citing catalogue records can be used with confidence that it will always provide the information needed for other users in the long-term. Furthermore, just as in paper publications, data citation is used to attribute and track the value of datasets and effort for these assets. Within the broader research community, the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) also highlights the importance of citing data and provides some helpful 'best practice' advice that can be found on their website.  

This section provides some examples of how to cite resources listed within our catalogue. In particular, how to use the Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) issued for each record, and (where possible) to directly use the examples provided in the record on additional information for citing data in your research outputs.


Creator (PublicationYear): Title. Publisher. (resourceTypeGeneral). Identifier

  • Creator: author(s) of the resource; where no author(s) are listed the owner(s) should be used
  • PublicationYear: listed within 'publication date' on each record
  • Title: title of the record
  • Publisher: NCI Australia
  • resourceTypeGeneral: resource type such as 'dataset' or 'service'
  • Identifier: Digital Object Identifier (DOI) listed under the 'Catalogue record DOI' field 


Please note that some of our older catalogue records may have incomplete information. Please contact for any questions. 

1Template is from the ARDC Data Citation information page:

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