I’ve just had a query about developing a unique ID for a database of Australian parliamentarians and political candidates. Eventually the plan is to extend this to a global system (the people involved are working as part of an international research network) and to connect to other suitable resources - the Australian Parliamentary Library for example.
They could come up with their own ID, but if there is an existing PID then I’d rather suggest they use that. I’m not sure if ORCID can be used in this way as these are technically not researchers or necessarily involved in the research process.
Can anyone suggest a suitable identifier? Possibly in the Libraries/Archives/GLAM domain. They are currently thinking of ISNIs. We do have a national identifier that can be assigned by our National Library but it’s not ideal as it’s not an international PID and the way of obtaining this type of PID is not easy.