The next step for open science: a state-of-the-art identifier network

The THOR project has officially launched!

THOR  (Technical and Human infrastructure for Open Research) will build on the services provided by ORCID and DataCite to ensure that every researcher, at any phase of their career, or at any institution, will have seamless and free access to Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) for their research artefacts and their work will be uniquely attributed to them. THOR represents a European-led solution to a global problem. The services THOR creates will be open to all.

Over its 30-month project term, the THOR consortium will deliver sustainable, accessible PID-based services and enhanced community expertise to provide every researcher in Europe and around the world with a state-of-the-art, federated PID infrastructure. It will work with established platforms and disciplinary communities to ensure that researchers benefit from the added value that PIDs can bring to existing infrastructure. Innovative new services will be added to this toolkit.

Project co-ordinator, Dr Adam Farquhar, said “The THOR project brings together leading providers in persistent identifier services, world-leading research institutes, and major players in data and publishing. Our ambition is to establish seamless integration among articles, data, and researchers. We believe that this will stimulate a new service ecosystem that will transform the research landscape and support the European Commission’s goal of making every researcher digital.”

“THOR aims to build, test, and implement tools to enable seamless interaction of digital persistent identifier systems for articles, data, and researchers.  Our goal in this project is to bring all of the stakeholders together to launch tools and services that support and streamline data citation, across disciplines and research sectors.  We are excited to be part of the project team. ” said ORCID  EU Executive Director, Dr Laurel Haak.