Persistent Identification of Instruments


Persistent Identification of Instruments

By Bridget Walker

Persistent Identification of Instruments WG

Group co-chairs: Louise Darroch, Markus Stocker, Rolf Krahl, Ted Habermann

Supporting Output Title: Persistent Identification of Instruments

Authors: Markus Stocker, Louise Darroch, Rolf Krahl, Ted Habermann, Anusiriya Devaraju, Ulrich Schwardmann, Claudio D'onofrio, Ingemar Häggström

Impact: Provides two tested approaches for persistent identification of instruments.

Supporting Output package DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2020-018

Citation: Stocker, M., Darroch, L., Krahl, R., Habermann, T., Devaraju, A., Schwardmann, U., D'Onofrio, C. and Häggström, I., 2020. Persistent Identification of Instruments. Data Science Journal, 19(1), p.18. DOI:


Instruments play an essential role in creating research data.  Given the importance of instruments and associated metadata to the asssessment of data quality and data reuse, globally unique, persistnet and resolvable identification of instruments is crucial.  The Research Data Alliance Working Group Persistent Identification of Instruments (PIDINST) developed a community-driven solution for persistent identification of instruments which we present and discuss in this paper.  Based on an analysis of 10 use cases, PIDINST developed a metadata schema and prototyped schema implementation with DataCite and ePIC as representative persistent identifier infrastructures and with HZB (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie) and BODC (British Oceanographic Data Centre) as representative institutional instrument providers.  These implementations demonstrate the viability of the proposed solution in practice.  Moving forward, PIDINST will further catalyse adoption and consolidate the schema by addressing new stakeholder requirements.

Output Status: 
RDA Supporting Outputs
Review period start: 
Wednesday, 17 June, 2020 to Friday, 17 July, 2020
Group content visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users
Primary Domain/Field of Expertise: 
Natural Sciences, Natural Sciences/Physical sciences, Natural Sciences/Earth and related environmental sciences
Primary WG Focus / Output focus: 
Domain Agnostic: