Joint Meeting: IG PID, WG PID Kernel Information, IG Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem

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Meeting title
Persistent Identifiers in Action

Collaborative session notes
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Group chair serving as contact person (responsible for the agreement with the corresponding groups)
Jonathan Clark

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group(s)

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

Meeting objectives

1) To bring together all those interested in Persistent Identifiers. This is important to help develop a common understanding and to drive common standards that will benefit the entire RDA community.
2) To provide updates on PID projects, initiatives and Working Groups

This meeting will bring all PID-related topics together for P12. The focus will be mainly on updating participants on the latest developments, most especially on Instrument PIDs, Kernel Information, Research Data Sharing, the FREYA project, and ORCID.

The meeting will start with a brief introduction to PIDs for participants who are less familiar with them. This will be followed by a review of the recent new trends in PID

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

Meeting agenda
1) Session chair: Introduction to PIDs and review of trends and future directions
2) Marcus Stocker - Update from Persistent Identification of Instruments WG
3) Tobias Wiegel: Update from PID Kernel Information WG
4) Kerstin Lehnert: Physical Sample & Collections IG
5) Kaz Hayashi: Overview of the Open Questionnaire for Research Data Sharing Interest Group
6) Matt Buys: ORCID update: Assertion Assurance and FAIR PIDs
7) Trish Cruse: Org ID update
8) René van Horik: FREYA project update: Introducing the the PID Forum
9) Andrew Treloar/Josh Brown (TBA): Cross PID system cooperation: report from the August 2018 Singapore meeting: toward Good IDeas

Additional links

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Kernel Information WG
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Physical Samples and Collections in the Research Data Ecosystem IG
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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

Type of meeting
Informative meeting