Implementation of the EZID identifier services in a Java library
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EZID Service Library

EZID is a service for creating and managing unique identifiers for use in scholarly publishing that is provided by the California Digital Library. This software library, ezid, provides a Java class that encapsulates the EZID service to simplify writing client applications that use the EZID service. ezid provides methods for authenticating against the EZID service and then managing identifiers. Using the service requires an account with the EZID service. For more information, see:

See the javadoc documentation for an overview of usage, as well as the JUnit class for examples of usage.

See the License section below and LICENSE.txt for the details of distributing this software.


Using the library

To use the library in your Java application, you can add it to your pom.xml configuration if you are using Maven. You can access the ezid jar files through Maven by adding the appropriate maven repository to your pom. Something like this snippet should work:


We plan to publish the ezid artifacts to Maven Central repositories, but have not gotten there yet.

Building the library

The library is a standard Maven2 project. To build the library, install Maven2, and then run:

$ mvn package

which will create the jar file in the target directory. The jar file can then be included in applications that wish to access EZID.

Contact us:


We welcome contributions to the project, and will incorporate pull requests after code review as long as the code requests are licensed acceptably and provide improvements that would generally be useful to the community of EZID users. Please submit pull request via GitHub.

Issue Tracking

Bugs, new features, and comments on the EZID library are handled through the ezid issue tracker.


This work was created by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and
Synthesis at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).
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