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

30
June
2020

No meeting tomorrow

by Markus Stocker

All, We were supposed to start with our Australasia friendly calls tomorrow in the morning but for private reasons I won't be able to chair a call tomorrow. Also, we haven't settled the time. I propose to move the call by one week. Cheers, m.
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02
June
2020

Next Call June 3, 2 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

All, We will have our next call tomorrow Wednesday, June 3, at 2 pm UTC (4 pm CEST). Connection: https://conf.dfn.de/webapp/conference/97966645 Call notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LXYYk8YE-5P8Ty0qPgIrboE61J4kORLWHo3R... Cheers, m.
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27
May
2020

Adaption/adoption of PIDINST for Wind Energy/Engineering community

by Nikola Vasiljević

Dear all, I am very eager to provide new use cases for PIDINST. We are operating several static and mobile research infrastructures used in the wind energy/engineering community. As such we generate large quantities of data that we would like to relate to the infrastructures that created them (e.g., long-range WindScanner system). Therefore, for some time we have been looking for PID for instruments.
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05
May
2020

[ANN] PIDINST paper published

by Markus Stocker

Dear all, I am happy to announce that the PIDINST paper (one of the WG deliverables) was just published: Stocker, M, Darroch, L, Krahl, R, Habermann, T, Devaraju, A, Schwardmann, U, D’Onofrio, C and Häggström, I. 2020. Persistent Identification of Instruments. Data Science Journal, 19: 18, pp. 1–12. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/dsj-2020-018 Cheers, m.
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05
May
2020

Next Call May 6, 2 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

All, We will have our next call tomorrow Wednesday, May 6, at 2 pm UTC (4 pm CEST). Connection: https://conf.dfn.de/webapp/conference/97966645 Call notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BDreEqWQyJazN_-QYPX-RLUlGsmARFrDFXxF... Cheers, m.
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31
March
2020

Next Call April 1, 2 pm UTC (no prank)

by Markus Stocker

All, We will have our next call tomorrow Wednesday, April 1, at 2 pm UTC (4 pm CEST). Connection: https://conf.dfn.de/webapp/conference/97966645 Call notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18ec21AJN7Wp5YfqHd0uxzmNJXikklMVRkmDN... Cheers, m.
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02
March
2020

Next Call March 3, 3 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

All, We will have our next call tomorrow Tuesday, March 3, at 3 pm UTC (4 pm CET). Apologies, I am (again) unable to make it on Wed. Connection: https://conf.dfn.de/webapp/conference/97966645 Call notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1exafOPXnoKgweWON1_GLgwReeQ8eKw-Z6b_l... Cheers, m.
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07
January
2020

Next Call January 8, 3 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

All, We will have our next call tomorrow Wednesday, January 8, at 3 pm UTC (4 pm CET). Connection: https://conf.dfn.de/webapp/conference/97966645 Call notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hcXuqPppxVwcUzgnEbEH21t0OfIN5TCinKgz... Cheers, m.
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03
December
2019

Next Call December 4, 3 pm UTC

by Markus Stocker

All, We will have our next call tomorrow Wednesday, December 4, at 3 pm UTC (4 pm CET). The main aim of the call is to discuss remaining issues with the journal article. Connection: https://conf.dfn.de/webapp/conference/97966645 Call notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1G0xvpAalVjx5IS1-eLHjmebb1_TYoAIvxaQp... Cheers, m.
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28
November
2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear RDA members,    RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020    The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC. Group session application form Joint meeting application form
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