Persistent Identification of Instruments

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Persistent Identification of Instruments
12 Jun 2020

Persistent Identification of Instruments


An RDA Europe 4.0 funded CODATA Data Science Journal publication in the RDA special collection

RDA Europe 4.0 funds the publication of up to 30 articles of the CODATA Data Science Journal special collection, with the aim to gather and promote research results and outcomes stemming from the Research Data Alliance activities. In particular, it collects high quality papers describing the latest results of RDA working groups (WGs) or interest groups (IGs) focusing particularly on use cases that highlight the added value of the RDA solutions for different challenges related to research data sharing and management.  In this series RDA Europe 4.0 highlights the articles peer reviewed and published in the DSJ special collection on RDA.  RDA community members Markus Stocker ,  Louise Darroch,  Rolf Krahl,  Ted Habermann, Anusuriya Devaraju,  Ulrich Schwardmann,  Claudio D'Onofrio, Ingemar Häggström published the research paper “Persistent Identification of Instruments”. 



The research paper on Persistent Identification of Instruments

Instruments play an essential role in creating research data. By instrument, we mean measuring instrument, defined by the Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology (JCGM) as “device used for making measurements, alone or in conjunction with one or more supplementary devices” (VIM, 2012). Given the importance of instruments and associated metadata to the assessment of data quality and data reuse, globally unique, persistent and resolvable identification of instruments is crucial. The Research Data Alliance Working Group Persistent Identification of Instruments (PIDINST) developed a community-driven solution for persistent identification of instruments which we present and discuss in this paper. Based on an analysis of 10 use cases, PIDINST developed a metadata schema and prototyped schema implementation with DataCite and ePIC as representative persistent identifier infrastructures and with HZB (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie) and BODC (British Oceanographic Data Centre) as representative institutional instrument providers. These implementations demonstrate the viability of the proposed solution in practice. Moving forward, PIDINST will further catalyse adoption and consolidate the schema by addressing new stakeholder requirements. Read the full paper: 


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