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

11
January
2022

Reminder: Next call Wed 12 at 8 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, as announced last week, we will have our next call tomorrow, Wed 12 at 8 am UTC here: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stocker Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UfBkNo1gQKsfyejQvJew4R1u3XhoCgPMw0X3... Cheers, m.
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05
January
2022

Canceled event with note: PIDINST Monthly Call @ Every 2 months from 16:00 to 17:00 on the first Wednesday (CEST) (pid-instruments@rda-groups.org)

by Markus Stocker

This event has been canceled with this note: "Dear all, I am removing the PIDINST series because with each change I am obviously spamming too many people. If you are interested in joining the calls, please ensure corresponding entries are in your own calendars. Thanks for your understanding." Title: PIDINST Monthly Call Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stockerNotes:
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05
January
2022

Canceled event with note: PIDINST Monthly Call @ Wed Jan 12, 2022 09:00 - 10:00 (CET) (pid-instruments@rda-groups.org)

by Markus Stocker

This event has been canceled with this note: "Dear all, I am removing the PIDINST series because with each change I am obviously spamming too many people. If you are interested in joining the calls, please ensure corresponding entries are in your own calendars. Thanks for your understanding." Title: PIDINST Monthly Call Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stockerNotes:
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05
January
2022

Canceled event with note: PIDINST Monthly Call @ Every 2 months from 09:00 to 10:00 on the first Wednesday (CEST) (pid-instruments@rda-groups.org)

by Markus Stocker

This event has been canceled with this note: "Dear all, I am removing the PIDINST series because with each change I am obviously spamming too many people. If you are interested in joining the calls, please ensure corresponding entries are in your own calendars. Thanks for your understanding." Title: PIDINST Monthly Call Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stockerNotes:
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04
January
2022

Next meeting moved to January 12 8 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, I hope you started the year well and on behalf of the co-chairs and the PIDINST WG I wish you all a healthy and successful 2022. This short notice announcement is to inform that, due to holidays, we moved the call today at 8 am UTC to next week Wednesday, January 12, at 8 am UTC. Cheers, m.
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04
January
2022

Updated invitation with note: PIDINST Monthly Call @ Wed Jan 12, 2022 09:00 - 10:00 (CET) (pid-instruments@rda-groups.org)

by Markus Stocker

This event has been changed with this note: "Due to holidays, we move this meeting to next week." Title: PIDINST Monthly Call Connection: https://tib-eu.webex.com/meet/markus.stockerNotes: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2Jvjtf4IpFNc2h5bVpRcUtjN3c When: Wed Jan 12, 2022 09:00 – 10:00 Central European Time - Berlin (changed)
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20
December
2021

Open hardware as research instruments

by Julien Colomb

Dear RDA WG members, We have been a group of professional enthusiasts working on the recognition of hardware and its engineering inside the research process, and we are starting a novel RDA interest group with the first objective to adapt FAIR principles for (open) hardware. We would be so grateful if you would share your experience and expertise with us, and would be delighted if you would be interested in joining the group: https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/fair-principles-research-hardware.
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30
November
2021

Next meeting tomorrow, Dec 1, 3 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, Rolf kindly agreed to host the call tomorrow, Dec 1, 3 pm UTC, at https://jitsi.helmholtz-berlin.de/pidinst Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2DQ5JMs7dwydtZXCVsmMLhww0HKy6OzDoxA... Cheers, m.
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02
November
2021

Next meeting Nov 3, 9 am UTC

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, We will have our next call tomorrow, Nov 3, exceptionally at 9 am UTC rather than 8 am UTC in order to allow for attending the PID IG meeting. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2DQ5JMs7dwydtZXCVsmMLhww0HKy6OzDoxA... Cheers, m.
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01
November
2021

Updated invitation: PIDINST Monthly Call @ Wed Nov 3, 2021 10:00 - 11:00 (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 Nov 3, 2021 10:00 – 11:00 Central European Time - Berlin (changed) Calendar: ***@***.***-groups.org Who:
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