Friday, May 23, 2008
BioOne (and/or CrossRef) sucks
BioOne sucks. Really, really, sucks. I have lost count of the number of times they break DOIs. These are supposed to be the gold standard globally unique identifier, and BioOne continually buggers them. For example, take this URL:
Note the doi=10.1600/02-14.1 bit at the end. If we go to the web page, we see this DOI displayed at the bottom of the page. Yet, when we resolve the DOI, we get the dreaded DOI Not Found error.
What is BioOne doing!? Now, it is possible that there's a problem with CrossRef, because Googling this paper I found it also lives on Ingenta with, wait for it, another DOI (doi:10.1600/036364404772973960).
BioOne and Ingenta are hosting the same paper, with different DOIs, only one of which is working. Will somebody please bang some heads together and sort this out!