Risks and trust in pursuit of a well functioning Persistent Identifier infrastructure for research

Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) and their infrastructures are argued to be of significant strategic importance to the increasingly digital reality of modern-day research. We aim to better understand what is needed to build and exploit a well-functioning PID infrastructure.

1 January 2021 - 1 September 2022,  00:00 - 00:00, 

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Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) and their infrastructures are argued to be of significant strategic importance to the increasingly digital reality of modern-day research.

With this in mind, Knowledge Exchange (KE) intends to investigate PIDs in depth, aiming to better understand what is needed to build and exploit a well-functioning PID infrastructure for research. Our ambition is to identify, through investigation, analysis and recommendations, what could be the best possible strategic and operational paths to achieve a well-functioning PID infrastructure for Knowledge Exchange (KE) member states and beyond.

To that end, a scoping document, included below, serves as a starting point for this work by providing an overview of KE current PID ecosystems and pin pointing issues that need to be addressed through further investigation. We propose to map these issues with KE's Open Scholarship Framework, aiding identification and structuring of potential solutions.

The Task & Finish Group for PIDs Risk and Trust

The activity is led by KE representatives Frank Manista (Jisc) and Josefine Nordling (CSC). The Task & Finish Group for this activity consists of experts from across each of the six KE partner countries:

  • Rene Belsø (Expert Lead), DeiC, Denmark
  • Martin Matthiesen (Expert Co-lead), CSC, Finland
  • Pascal Aventurier, IRD, France
  • Jessica Parland-von Essen, CSC, Finland
  • Clifford Tatum, CWTS, Netherlands
  • Laurents Sesink, Leiden University, Netherlands 
  • Nathalie Fargier, CNRS, France
  • Gaëlle Béquet, ISSN, France
  • Stephanie Palek, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Germany
  • Jürgen Kett, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Germany
  • Britta Dreyer, Technische Informationsbibliothek, Germany

Next Steps

Our aim is to identify the main risks when pursuing a well-functioning PID infrastructure for research, and to better understand the most important elements of trust in creating said infrastructure. Equally important is an analysis that reveals how outcomes and knowledge emerging from this investigation can be transformed into stakeholder recommendations.

During summer 2021 we are inviting proposals from suitable consultants to undertake this work on behalf of KE. 

Find out more about the call for proposals.

Key findings / outcome report download

Risks and Trust in Pursuit of a Well-functioning Persistent Identifier Infrastructure for Research
Open Science
23 June 2021

Risks and Trust in Pursuit of a Well-functioning Persistent Identifier Infrastructure for Research

Purpose: Scoping Document

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5018216

File type: PDF

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