status: Recognised & Endorsed

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

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Bridget Walker


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

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August
2021

Next call tomorrow Wed, Sept 1 at 7 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, we will have our next meeting as stated in the subject line. Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2DQ5JMs7dwydtZXCVsmMLhww0HKy6OzDoxA... Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker Cheers, m.
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04
August
2021

Connection in case you don't have it

by Markus Stocker

https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker We are meeting now. Cheers, m.
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03
August
2021

Next meeting, Wed, August 4 at 2 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, a short reminder about our next meeting. Since we plan to discuss the remaining open issues on the schema, it would be great if Louise D. and Robert H. can make it. Agenda: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2DQ5JMs7dwydtZXCVsmMLhww0HKy6OzDoxA... Cheers, m.
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22
July
2021

Webinar - help please - RDA/ESIP Physical Samples Webinar on RRID Project August 10 19:00 UTC

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello RDA WG and IG members - We are writing to invite you to attend the upcoming RDA/ESIP Physical Samples Webinar "RRIDs: A Way to Track Samples Through the Scientific Literature" being held on 10 Aug 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00 UTC. You may read more about the webinar and register here. We also would appreciate a few minutes of your time to help us in promoting this webinar through your network. Listed below are ways you can help. We hope this will provide easy and fast ways for you to reach out to your colleagues who may also be interested in this webinar.
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07
July
2021

PDF version of the White Paper

by Rolf Krahl

Dear all, this just for your information that I created another GitHub repository [1] for the single document (aka PDF) version of the White Paper. The reason for this is that the PDF version of the White Paper as created automatically by Sphinx is not quite satisfactory and this needs some manual tweaking. The new repository now documents the steps that I did to create the PDF version in April and makes this reproducible. The textual work on the White Paper is not affected and should still
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06
July
2021

Next meeting Wed 7.7, 7 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, Our next group meeting will be tomorrow at 7 am UTC. Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2DQ5JMs7dwydtZXCVsmMLhww0HKy6OzDoxA... Note that the meeting will be hosted by Rolf at https://jitsi.helmholtz-berlin.de/pidinst. Thanks, Rolf, for agreeing to chair. Cheers, m.
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01
June
2021

Next meeting Wed, June 2 at 2 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, We have our monthly meeting as stated in the subject line. Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2DQ5JMs7dwydtZXCVsmMLhww0HKy6OzDoxA... Cheers, m.
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04
May
2021

Monthly call May 5 at 7 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, our next (Australian-friendly) call is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 5 at 7 am UTC. Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2DQ5JMs7dwydtZXCVsmMLhww0HKy6OzDoxA... Cheers, m.
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23
April
2021

Updated invitation: PIDINST Monthly Call @ Wed Jan 5, 2022 09:00 - 10:00 (CET) (pid-instruments@rda-groups.org)

by Markus Stocker

This event has been changed. Title: PIDINST Monthly Call Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stockerNotes: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2Jvjtf4IpFNc2h5bVpRcUtjN3c When: Wed Jan 5, 2022 09:00 – 10:00 Central European Time - Berlin Calendar: ***@***.***-groups.org Who: * ***@***.*** - organizer
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23
April
2021

Updated invitation: PIDINST Monthly Call @ Wed May 5, 2021 09:00 - 10:00 (CEST) (pid-instruments@rda-groups.org)

by Markus Stocker

This event has been changed. Title: PIDINST Monthly Call Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stockerNotes: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2Jvjtf4IpFNc2h5bVpRcUtjN3c When: Wed May 5, 2021 09:00 – 10:00 Central European Time - Berlin Calendar: ***@***.***-groups.org Who: * ***@***.*** - organizer
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