Persistent Identification of Instruments WG

WG

Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Frankie Stevens
WGs Wrapping up (from ~12 months after RDA endorsement)
 

The Persistent Identification of Instruments Working Group seeks to explore a community-driven solution for globally unique identification of measuring instruments operated in the sciences.

 

Measuring instruments, such as sensors used in environmental science, DNA sequencers used in life sciences or laboratory engines used for medical domains, are widespread in most fields of applied sciences. The ability to link an active instrument (instance) with an instrument type and with the broader context in which the instrument operates (including generated data, other instruments and platforms, people and manufacturers, etc.) is critical, especially for automated processing of such contextual information and for the interpretation of generated data.

 

The identification and description of instrument models and instances is gaining momentum. Several disciplines are using established controlled vocabularies (standardised terms) to identify devices. Advances in Semantic Sensor Web technologies (encodings of sensor descriptions that are machine-readable and interoperable) have resulted in new instrument metadata schemas. Some Persistent Identifiers (PIDs), such as Universally Unique Identifiers (UUIDs) or Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are already being utilised.

 

Our group aims to build on these developments and establish a cross-discipline, operational solution for the unique and lasting identification of measuring instruments actively operated in the sciences.

 

Objectives

  • Explore the use of a globally unique solution to persistently identify active measuring instruments
  • Recommend a metadata profile to describe instruments that harmonises existing identification standards and complements existing metadata schemas
  • Explore methodology/technology to register and resolve the new PID
  • Operationalise the solution by engaging existing PID infrastructure providers, instrument developers and manufacturers, as well as instrument database providers

 

Current activities

 

The WG collects use cases for persistent identification of instruments, aligns the collected metadata, and develops a metadata schema. 

 

The schema is available on GitHub at https://github.com/rdawg-pidinst/schema and we encourage comments from the community.

 

So far, we have obtained the following use cases (Last update: March 2019).

  1. GEOFON by Javier Quinteros (November 2017)
  2. HZB by Rolf Krahl (November 2017)
  3. NIF by Veah Tapat et al. (December 2017)
  4. IREA-CNR by Alessandro Oggioni et al. (January 2018)
  5. SENSOR.awi.de by Ana Macario et al. (April 2018)
  6. Marine SWE by Robert Huber et al. (May 2018)
  7. ORCID by Tom Demeranville (May 2018)
  8. ICOS Carbon Portal by Claudio D’Onofrio et al. (June 2018)
  9. BODC by Louise Darroch et al. (July 2018)
  10. ESO by Dominic Bordelon et al. (August 2018)
  11. FZJ Central Library (JLSRF) by Claudia Frick (September 2018)
  12. PANGAEA by Anusuriya Devaraju et al. (September 2018)
  13. EuroGOOS/PSMSL/GLOSS by Louise Darroch (October 2018)
  14. LTER-Europe by Alessandro Oggioni et al. (October 2018)
  15. UK Polar Data Centre by Alex Tate (February 2019)

 



Recent Activity

09 Oct 2019

P14 Session Chair Update

In preparation for Plenary 14 in Helsinki, please refer to the information presented below pertaining to your breakout sessions.

 

Remote Participation

  • Remote participation will be available in each meeting room through GoToMeeting, which will be running from the laptop provided by the University. By just opening your presentation on this laptop, remote attendees will be able to view your slides and hear you speak.

17 Sep 2019

AW: [rda-datacitation-wg] RDA WGDC Adoption Meeting at P14 in Helsinki - call for presentations!

Hi together,
I will unfortunately not be able to attend the upcoming P14 in Helsenki but T. Dohna has kindly agreed to present a few slides on our Use Case https://sensor.awi.de at Alfred Wegener Institute along with a few questions to you.
Wish you all a succesful meeting!
Best, Ana.
_______________________________________________________________________
Dr. Ana Macario
Head of Data Science Support Group
Computing and Data Centre
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholz Centre for Polar and Marine

16 Sep 2019

Drone P14 pre-hack looking for input from PINDST

Hi all

In the name of cross-RDA collaboration I'm hoping you'll find this event interesting and appealing enough to join us, but even if not, your students might be interested and/or see this as a way to partialy fund attending P14

The drone data IG is hosting a pre-event hackathon working on the LANDRS project where amoungst other things we're working on creating an ontology for drone data along with an OpenAPI specification (which we ultimatley hope will incorporate the PIDST schema)

04 Sep 2019

RDA website unavailable due to maintenance on 4 and 5 September 2019

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RDA Team

28 Aug 2019

DataCite Issues

Dear all,
I finally did my homework as promised in the July meeting to submit
issues to DataCite to address the shortcomings in the DataCite
Metadata Schema that we identified from the mapping of our generic
schema onto DataCite.
See:
#70: Add "Instrument" to controlled list of values for "resourceTypeGeneral"
https://github.com/datacite/schema/issues/70
#71: Add a value indicating "was used in" to "relationType"