It’s all about the metadata!

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27 Jun 2019
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Meeting objectives: 


1) To bring together all those interested in Persistent Identifiers (PIDs). There is a clear need in the research data community to develop a common understanding of the key principles of reliable PID systems, and to drive common standards.
2) To provide updates on trends, PID projects, community initiatives and RDA Working Groups 


The FAIR Guiding Principles are guidelines to improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reuse of digital assets. The first step in reusing data is to be able to find the assets. And the first step to achieve that is to assign a globally unique and persistent identifier together with rich metadata. 


Metadata 2020 is a recent initiative that advocates richer, connected, and reusable, open metadata for all research outputs. The aim is to improve metadata quality. 


This session will focus on PID metadata quality, FAIR and transparency. 


Participants will leave with a better understanding of PIDs and the important recent developments.

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes: 

  1. (15 min) Review of trends and future directions (Jonathan Clark)
  2. (10 min) Introduction - metadata matters (Jonathan Clark)
  3. (10 min) PIDGraph (Martin Fenner) 
  4. (10 min) Update on Research Organization Registry (Helena Cousijn)
  5. (10 min) Update on Metadata 2020 (Laura Paglione)
  6. (10 min) What’s new in Handle (Larry Lannom)
  7. (20 min) Information sharing from related IGs / WGs (Peter Wittenburg, Tobias Weigel, Louise Darroch) 
  8. (5 min) Closing remarks (Jonathan Clark)

Total duration of the session: 90 minutes

Target Audience: 

The target audience covers a wide cross-section of the RDA community. Indeed, anyone who is engaged in producing, storing, management and preservation of data should care about PIDs. In practice, this meeting will appeal most to organisations that provide PID services to the international research community and organisations that implement or otherwise use PIDs

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Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 


Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) are well established and well understood in the Research Data community. However, we have only just begun to realise the potential of PIDs to change we way we do research. 


The Persistent Identifier Interest Group tracks identifier-related activities that are relevant for the research data community and highlights emerging PID-related topics. It also helps to coordinate related RDA Groups.


There are exciting new developments to extend the use of PIDs to describe the physical objects we use in science such as sensors, DNA sequencers and much more. This has the potential to drive an entirely new set of applications for PIDs and to connect science like never before. The Working Group on Persistent Identification of Instruments has just been established to explore a community-driven metadata schema for globally unique identification of measuring instruments used in the sciences.


Making data interoperable and re-usable is a long-term aspiration of the RDA community. However, actually making this happen is non-trivial. The PID Kernel Information Working Group aims to take a step forward here by defining a set of guiding principles and to develop metadata profiles. 

Short Group Status: 

Recognised & Endorsed

Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
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