Help Shape a National Persistent Identifier Strategy for Better Research

The ARDC has coordinated a draft national strategy for persistent identifiers (PIDs), a core component of word-class information infrastructure for research and innovation. Help further develop it by sharing your feedback, submitting a use case and taking part in our community engagement events.
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The ARDC is inviting the Australian research and innovation community to take part in developing a National Persistent Identifier (PID) Strategy and Roadmap, a crucial step in improving our information infrastructure for world-class research and innovation.

PIDs: A Key to Modern Research

PIDs are unique, persistent alphanumeric codes that positively identify entities such as people, places and things. They’re connected to registries of information about those entities, known as metadata, which enable robust linking to and between those entities.

PIDs are important as they establish provenance and attribution as specified by the FAIR Principles for research data management. They contribute to research integrity by precisely identifying the resources used to conduct the research and its outputs, and provide the evidence base for strategic decisions at institutional and national levels. Being machine-readable, they also enable us to leverage emerging technologies to manage and interpret large volumes of data.

In the 2022 ARDC and AAF-commissioned report Incentives to Invest in Identifiers, it’s estimated that the Australian research sector can save up to $24 million and 38,000 person days every year by using PIDs instead of rekeying all the information that PIDs can provide.

A National Strategy and Roadmap for PIDs

To realise the potential saving and strategic benefit of PIDs, the ARDC has begun a process to collaboratively develop a National PID Strategy and 5-year Roadmap. A national approach to PIDs will improve the quality of data about research and our ability to track research outcomes and impact, making Australian research more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

A draft National PID Strategy has now been drawn up based on contributions from over 80 people representing organisations from across the Australian research and innovation sector, including funders, research institutes, universities and government departments. We’d like you to help further shape it in the following ways:

You can review the draft Strategy and send your feedback to [email protected] by Friday 10 November 2023.

Individuals, groups and organisations are invited to contribute to the Strategy by submitting use cases. These can be about grants, projects, instruments and other research or research management challenges.

Make your submission by filling out a copy of this template and sending it to [email protected] by 12 noon (AEST), Saturday 30 September 2023.

We’re hosting a public webinar on the Strategy on Tuesday 26 September 2023. Register now to learn more and share your thoughts.

We’re also hosting a workshop on Monday 16 October 2023 at the 2023 eResearch Australasia Conference in Brisbane. Learn more about the conference.

We’re happy to run a workshop for your team and give a presentation at your event. You can request one by emailing [email protected].

We aim to release the final Strategy and Roadmap at the end of 2023. Join us today to accelerate and improve Australian research and innovation through PIDs.

Learn more about our project to develop an Australian National PID Strategy and Roadmap.

The ARDC is funded through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to support national digital research infrastructure for Australian researchers.