PID Kernel Information Profile Management WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Dimitris Koureas
WGs Getting started (~0-6 months after RDA endorsement)

The PID Kernel Information WG produced a recommendation that contains i) guiding principles for identifying information appropriate as PID Kernel Information, ii) an exemplar PID Kernel Information profile, iii) several use cases, and iv) architectural considerations. PID Kernel Information is defined as the set of attributes stored within a PID record. It supports smart programmatic decisions that can be accomplished through inspection of the PID record alone.


At the RDA P13 PID Kernel Information WG session, attendees expressed enthusiasm over the PID KI work.  While the WG feels that the exemplar profile reflects a consensus decision while at the same time satisfying the guiding principles, it does not preclude other profiles.  But a global technology, such as the PID KI intends to be, that is without considered organizational governance or management will never be adopted except in highly leading edge (aka research) settings.    


Thus the PID KI WG agreed at the conclusion of the P13 session that there was need to examine the governance and management of some small number of globally relevant PID KI profiles.   Without further guidance on how to manage profiles, there is the risk of wide-scale proliferation of overlapping or incompatible profiles, which could significantly hamper long-term realization of coherent middleware that supports Kernel Information.  As the PID KI depends on a type profile to be interpretable, it requires the existence of a Data Type Registry to store the type definition of the PID KI.  In fact, both PID KI and DTR are part of the same digital object ecosystem.  Thus the issue of governance must be coordinated with the DTR#3 group.   A follow-on WG additionally presents an opportunity to further define the boundary conditions for such middleware and foster alignment across disciplines and regions.


The WG lives in the context of
-    Multiple use cases from disciplinary adoption and project work
-    Relevant work inside RDA (other WG/IG) and outside RDA (W3C PROV, SemWeb/LD in general)


The group's initial (phase #1) output is an RDA Recommendation, which is available here:

Recent Activity

17 Dec 2019

Initial EOSC PID policy available for consultation

Dear all,
the EOSC FAIR and EOSC Architecture Working Groups have released a first
draft of a PID Policy for EOSC. The official announcement is here [1]
and the draft policy is here:
The policy refers to PID Kernel Information in multiple areas and I
would like to encourage you to review it and see how it affects or

06 Dec 2019

Gathering use cases for PID Kernel Information profile management

Dear all,
following the kick-off at RDA P14, the next actions include to gather
disciplinary use cases that show how KI profiles are used and then
derive a set of exemplary workflows for interaction with profiles from them.
I would like to encourage you to contribute your use cases to the github
repo here:
A use case should describe
- a general 'set of the scene' explaining the application case that

28 Nov 2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

Dear RDA members, 


RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020 


The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC.

12 Nov 2019

Deadline for P15 Group Session Submissions Fast Approaching

Dear Group Members, 

The deadline for group session submissions for Plenary 15 is 28 November 2019, midnight UTC – just two weeks away.

If your group is interested in submitting a session for a working group, interest group or joint meeting session, submissions will only be accepted from your group chairs, so be sure to coordinate with them to ensure proper communication of the submission.   

If you are a chair and submitting for a joint meeting session, all chairs involved in that joint session must be notified of the submission. 

29 Oct 2019

CODATA Data Science Journal Call For Papers: Research Data Alliance Results Special Collection

Dear members,

I’m writing on behalf of the editors of the CODATA data science journal special collection on RDA results.

I would like to recall the possibility to submit the outputs produced by this group for the special collection. 

21 Oct 2019

RDA P14: PID Kernel Information Profile Management WG session - please contribute!

Dear all,
at RDA P14 in Helsinki we will hold the kick-off meeting of the PID
Kernel Information Profile Management WG (Wed, Oct 23, Breakout 1,
The draft agenda is as follows:
1. Introduction to Kernel Information and existing recommendation (10 min.)
2. Introduction to new group charge, case statement, brief Q&A ( 15 min.)
3. Discussion: planning the group work, challenges, use cases, adoption, ...
I would like to invite everyone to attend and contribute. If you have a

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.