status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Louise Darroch, Markus Stocker, Rolf Krahl, Ted Habermann

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Bridget Walker


Webinar - Persistent Identification of Instruments - 19 May 2022

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

Collaborative Notes Link:

Persistent Identification of Instruments: PIDINST Adoption - Google Docs

 

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)

 

Posts

02
November
2022

Invitation to discuss the integration of PIDINST in schema.org and other metadata formats

by Robert Huber

Dear PIDINST enthusiasts, Linking sensor information in commonly used metadata formats such as schema.org or DCAT can be challenging and a variety of sulutions are possible. In order to harmonise this a bit we would kindly like to invite you to start a discussion on this issue and collect for example your implementation proposals.
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01
November
2022

Next telco tomorrow, Wed, Nov 2, 8 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, Our next call is tomorrow and Louise kindly agreed to host it; I am unable to attend tomorrow. Note the different link: https://ukri.zoom.us/j/7025686997 Meeting notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UfBkNo1gQKsfyejQvJew4R1u3XhoCgPMw0X3... Cheers, m.
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28
October
2022

Invitation to participate in 'A Decade of Data: 10 Years of the RDA' events and activities

by Connie Clare

Good day, The RDA Secretariat would like to invite the Persistent Identification of Instruments WG to participate in ‘A Decade of Data’: Celebrating 10 Years of the Research Data Alliance’. 10 months to celebrate 10 years of the RDA
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04
October
2022

Next meeting, 5.10. at 2 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, our next meeting will be tomorrow, Wed, 5.10. at 2 pm UTC. Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UfBkNo1gQKsfyejQvJew4R1u3XhoCgPMw0X3... Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker Cheers, m.
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12
September
2022

PIDINST schema in DataCite metadata

by Elise Harder

Dear all, I have heard back from DataCite regarding the inclusion of the PIDINST schema version in DataCite metadata. Please find my correspondence with them below in italics. Moreover, as DataCite consortium lead we just received a notification that the new schema version 4.5 (to be released this fall) is now open for feedback (see also below). Best, Elise
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06
September
2022

Next meeting tomorrow, Wed, 7 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, we will have our next meeting on Wed, September 7, at 7 am UTC. Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UfBkNo1gQKsfyejQvJew4R1u3XhoCgPMw0X3... Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker Cheers, m.
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03
August
2022

I would like to subscribe to your mailing list

by Rory Macneil

Hi, I would like to subscribe to the PIDINST mailing list. Thanks and best regards, Rory
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01
August
2022

[FYI] August call cancelled

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, Due to holidays, we decided to cancel the August call. Talk to you again on September 7. Cheers, m.
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06
July
2022

PIDINST is on Twitter @pidinst

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, PIDINST is now on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pidinst Looking forward to many followers. ;> Cheers, m.
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05
July
2022

Next call, Wed July 6, 7 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, We have our next call tomorrow morning at 7 am UTC. Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UfBkNo1gQKsfyejQvJew4R1u3XhoCgPMw0X3... Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker Cheers, m.
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