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

 

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

03
March
2021

Call today postponed to next week Wed 8 UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, Due to my currently low LTE data budget and lack of an alternative host we are postponing the call to next week Wed, 8 am UTC. Apologies for the last minute update. Cheers, m.
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26
February
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 17 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Persistent Identification of Instruments WG, The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) has completed its review of session applications for the RDA Virtual Plenary 17 (VP17) and has accepted your application titled PIDINST Adoption. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations!
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02
February
2021

Next call tomorrow, Wed at 3 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, the next PIDINST call will be tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3 at 3 pm UTC and Rolf has kindly agreed to host the meeting at the following link (my apologies for being unable to attend this time): https://jitsi.helmholtz-berlin.de/pidinst The agenda can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2DQ5JMs7dwydtZXCVsmMLhww0HKy6OzDoxA... Cheers, m.
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29
January
2021

RDA VP17 Session Proposal Submission

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

  Dear Persistent Identification of Instruments WG members,   Thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 17 titled ‘PIDINST Adoption’.  A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance planned to be sent by 26 February.   Please feel free to contact the RDA Secretariat at enquiries@rd-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission. Thank you.   Regards,  
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22
January
2021

RDA's 17th Plenary - Submission deadlines coming up!

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

Dear Persistent Identification of Instruments WG Members,   With RDA VP17 fast approaching, we would like to bring the following news and key dates to your attention:   Call for Sessions closing on 26 January 2021 at 23:59 UTC. The deadline for submitting your session proposal is almost here! To submit your request for a breakout session, please complete the form below which corresponds to your meeting type. 
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05
January
2021

Next meeting tomorrow, Wed 6.1.21 at 9 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, We hope you started 2021 well and wish everyone a healthy and happy year! We will have our next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 6 at 9 am UTC. Note the different time (from 8 am to 9 am UTC), which is due to a commitment I have during January and February. Should be able to get back to the original time in March. Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2DQ5JMs7dwydtZXCVsmMLhww0HKy6OzDoxA...
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02
December
2020

PIDINST meeting today 3 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, apologies for late notice, but our next meeting is today, Wed 3 pm UTC. https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Mf6nrmpAp8550xNXH3SxyCbo_q5UYpwodNT... Cheers, m.
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03
November
2020

Next call Wed, Nov 4, 8 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, we will have our next call as mentioned in the subject line. This is an Australasia-friendly call. I won't be able to attend and chair this meeting so I am glad Rolf stepped in. We thus have a different link: https://jitsi.helmholtz-berlin.de/pidinst Notes as usual here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Mf6nrmpAp8550xNXH3SxyCbo_q5UYpwodNT...
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23
October
2020

RDA Virtual Plenary 16 (VP16) - Deadline for poster submissions, registration and programme

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear Persistent Identification of Instruments WG members,  With RDA VP16 fast approaching, we would like to bring the following news and key dates to your attention: Call for posters
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05
October
2020

Next meeting Wed, October 7, 2 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, we will have our monthly meeting on Wed, October 7 at 2 pm UTC (4 pm CEST). Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Mf6nrmpAp8550xNXH3SxyCbo_q5UYpwodNT... Cheers, m.
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