PIDs workshop USA May 6-7 Portland

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California Digital Library (CDL) and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) are organizing a PIDs workshop in the USA this spring to bring together international PID experts and leaders of PID systems in scholarly communications. This is the third in a series of three workshops held around the world, which previously took place in Singapore and London in 2018. The US workshop is planned for May 6-7, 2019, in Portland, Oregon.

A presentation that covered the two workshops called at PIDapalooza called Adventure Time: the PID community challenge is available on Zenodo: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2548715

If you’re interested, please contact:

Maria Gould - Maria.Gould@ucop.edu
Natasha Simons - natasha.simons@ardc.edu.au

Background
Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are a core component of open research across the global scholarly communications ecosystem. They play a critical role in improving the discovery, linkage, retrieval, navigation, access and citation of the research resources and related information that they identify. They also help improve the efficiency and quality of research workflows. However, the full potential of PIDs is yet to be realised.

The international PID community has been working to address key challenges such as:
● Building trust in an environment where PID systems continue to proliferate
● Embedding the use of PIDs in research workflows and harnessing the power of connecting PIDs
● Increasing the adoption of PIDs by researchers and research organisations
Although PIDs are increasingly being used and embedded in works, research workflows and in research information systems, we are at a pivotal stage in the development of an internationally agreed PID environment and it is clear that there is still some work to do.

An international approach is needed as PID systems are global and research is increasingly borderless in nature and in response to this need a number of international initiatives and discussions are currently taking place. These conversations are fragmented however, and a coordinated approach is desirable. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together international PID experts and leaders of PID systems to discuss common approaches to the challenges detailed above.

The objectives of the workshop series are to catalyse opportunities for international joint action to:
● Agree on a set of features that describe what functions make a good PID system in the context of research/scholarly communications
● Describe efficient workflows for research that are enabled by PIDs and which demonstrate the value of using PIDs accruing across stakeholder groups
● Detail a coordinated strategy for communicating the benefits of uptake and use of PIDs for different research/scholarly communications stakeholder groups
● Coordinate resources (expertise, people, money, convening power, venue etc.) that can be contributed to an international PIDs campaign

The Workshop also provides an opportunity to share information about new and existing PID initiatives and allows for a deep dive into how PIDs can solve real world problems in scholarly communications.

Outcomes of the workshops series will continue to be shared with the international PID community via a number of channels including FREYA, RDA, PIDapaolooza and so forth.

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