Be my one and only forever. Views about Unique and persistent Identifiers.

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Be my one and only forever.  Views about Unique and persistent Identifiers.
20 Jun

Be my one and only forever. Views about Unique and persistent Identifiers.

In complex data domains, unique and persistent identifiers (PIDs) associated with specific information are the core of proper data management and access. They can be used to give every data object (including collection objects) an identity that enables referring to the data resources and metadata and, additionally, to prove integrity, authenticity and other attributes.

Unique and persistent identifiers that can be resolved to meaningful information will be crucial in the digital domain to identify Digital Objects, check their state, refer to them, get access to them, etc. Due to this crucial role it is essential to deploy ultimately stable and robust PID systems allowing users to rely on their existence for many years.


There are still many uncertainties about the role of such PIDs, about which system to choose and about the criteria it should fulfil. This workshop is meant to bring experts together with different backgrounds and from different disciplines to engage in open dialogues in order to openly assess different opinions.


About the training course, from 31 August until 1 September 2016.

The objective of the training course is to inform participants about the usage of PIDs, the systems that are available and services that can be used. By the end of the course, participants will have a good overview enabling them to participate in registering and resolving PIDs for their purposes. The training course offers both a theoretical (overviews, usage, specifications) section as well as hands-on experience. Various experts will give presentations to help participants obtain a comprehensive overview and practical insight about PIDs and PID systems allowing them to draw their own conclusions.


About the Workshop, 1-2 September 2016.

The objective of the workshop is to exchange information about current practices in using PIDs and PID systems and to draw best practice conclusions at the end.  The workshop aims to bring people from various discipline backgrounds together and discuss about advanced usages of PIDs to sharpen understanding and to disseminate current practices. Different use cases that have exemplary character will be presented and discussed, with plenty of time reserved for discussion. A call for Papers is also open (deadline 8 July).


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Participation is free of charge, but subject to on-line registration before 1st August. Both events will be organised at the Max Planck Compute and Data Facility (MPCDF) in Garching/Munich (Germany).

Deadlines, agenda and information about the venue can be found online