PIDs: Joining up the world

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05 Aug 2020
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Meeting objectives: 

PID enthusiasts of the world unite!  This session is all about joining up the research world with PIDS and joining up the PID world with collaborative initiaties.

Using persistent identifiers to reference all the key elements of research is an aspiration to improve research efficiency and innovation in a globally joined-up information system. This session will review some of the latest developments in persistent identifiers for the scholarly system and identify opportunities for coordination.

  • Share latest information on PID initiatives

  • Identify opportunities for joined up effort

  In this session we will also look at both the

  • PID service provider perspective - looking at cololaborative initiatives between PID service providers

  • PID user perspective: how research organisations are joining up their worlds using identifiers and what benefits they are realising

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative Notes Link:


  1. Intro and PID IG for newcomers

  2. PID services lightning "one slide" updates (including ROR, IGSN, RRID, DataCite, SWHID...)

  3. PID system  collaboration updates (FREYA, Making Data Count...)

  4. PID user snapshots (PIDs in data management plans; PIDs for open science)

  5. Discussion: What have we learnt from these initiatives?  What kind of joined-up system are we looking for? Why? What are we trying to fix? What are the next steps in that direction?

Target Audience: 

The target audience covers a wide cross-section of the RDA community. Indeed, anyone who is engaged in producing, storing, management and preservation of data should care about PIDs. In practice, this meeting will appeal most to organisations that provide PID services to the international research community and organisations that implement or otherwise use PIDs

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The PID IG is the cross-pollination place for PID initiatives within and beyond RDA.


The pervasive use of persistent identifiers is seen as a foundational element in anchoring and referencing research data in an interoperable way. The purpose of the Persistent Identifier Interest Group is to synchronize identifier-related efforts, address important and emerging PID-related topics and coordinate activities, including appropriate RDA Working Groups, to support practical solutions for PID-related issues from the engaged communities.

The PID IG fosters working groups to address specific topics, and in particular to address and define emerging PID use cases in the domain of data, and how the research community would benefit from a portfolio of global open identifiers for persons, data objects, organizations, grants, etc. Where applicable the PID-IG collaborates with existing RDA working groups, or it establishes new working groups based on priority areas as identified at RDA plenaries.

Short Group Status: 

The PID IG is emerging as the "cross-pollination" place for PID initiatives within and beyond RDA.

Estimate of the required room capacity (Hybrid plenary): 
Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
Adrian Burton; Jonathan Clarke; and numerous (10) PID Interest Group participants