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

03
June
2022

PID for research metadata presentation (draft)

by Jonathan Schaeffer

Hello, As discussed previously, I'm showing you this presentation I'm going to give in 2 weeks. It's a first draft, and I will welcome all your recommandations. Maybe it lacks some illustrations, I'll be glad to read your feedbacks. Cheers, -- Jonathan (ノ°益°)ノ 彡 [ɹǝɟɟǝɐɥɔS] Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble Responsable technique Résif-DC ✉ Isterre, bureau 035, 1381 rue de la Piscine 38610 GIERES ✆ +33 4 76 63 51 37
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31
May
2022

Next call, Wed, June 1 at 2 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, Our next call is tomorrow as stated in the subject line. Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UfBkNo1gQKsfyejQvJew4R1u3XhoCgPMw0X3... Cheers, m.
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04
May
2022

Introducing PIDINST in a talk

by Jonathan Schaeffer

Hello, I'm going to have a talk in a national conference about persistent identifiers and registries (DOI, orcid, ROR, RE3DAT, and so on). I'd like to introduce PIDINST also, what are the resources available (beside the white paper) ? What should I read in order to be accurate in my presentation ? Kind regards, -- Jonathan (ノ°益°)ノ 彡 [ɹǝɟɟǝɐɥɔS] Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers de Grenoble Responsable technique Résif-DC ✉ Isterre, bureau 035, 1381 rue de la Piscine 38610 GIERES ✆ +33 4 76 63 51 37
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03
May
2022

Next call Wed, May 4, 7 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, our next call will be tomorrow, May 4, 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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26
April
2022

Invitation and Help with Promotion for “Persistent Identification of Instruments” Webinar taking place 19 May

by Yolanda Meleco

Dear RDA members, We are pleased to announce our next webinar in RDA’s 2022 Webinar series titled  “Persistent Identification of Instruments” webinar, taking place 19 May at 16:00 UTC. The webinar will introduce the Outputs that you helped develop as a member of the RDA Persistent Identification of Instruments Working Group. Featured speakers include:
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14
April
2022

RDA Plenary 19 Draft Programme Now Available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Chairs, The RDA 19th Plenary draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-19th-plenary-programme-0. Please note that the Plenary programme is a part of the International Data Week programme that can be accessed at https://www.rd-alliance.org/international-data-week-2022-programme.
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05
April
2022

Next call April 6, 2 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, We will have our next call in about 24 hours from now, Wed, April 6 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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29
March
2022

Webinar: How To Get Attention For Research Project Outputs Part 2

by Yolanda Meleco

Hello, just a brief reminder that Part 2 of our webinar titled How To Get Attention For Research Project Outputs is this Thursday, 31 March, at 16:00 UTC. We hope to see you there! If you haven’t yet done so, register at https://www.rd-alliance.org/how-get-attention-webinar-31-03-2022. All the best,
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25
March
2022

Subject: RDA Plenary 19 as a part of IDW 2022 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Persistent Identification of Instruments WG, The review of your session application for the RDA Plenary 19 (P19) is complete and your application titled PIDINST Recommendation has been accepted. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations!
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04
March
2022

P19 session proposals submissions

by Irina Hope

Dear group members,  Thank you for submitting your session proposal for the Plenary 19 titled ‘PIDINST Recommendation’.  A review of all submitted proposals is now underway. Notifications of sessions acceptance will be sent out by Thursday, 24th March.  Please contact the RDA Secretariat at enquiries@rd-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your submission.   Kind regards,  RDA Secretariat   
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