THOR at a glance

THOR is a joint project, with 10 partners from across the research ecosystem. THOR will run for 30 months, and has been funded by the European Commission under call H2020-EINFRA-2014-2, project number 654039.

THOR builds on the lessons and recommendations from the ODIN (ORCID and DataCite Interoperability Network) project, and will:

  • Leverage two community-driven global PID initiatives for contributors (ORCID) and scientific artefacts (DataCite) to build tools to serve the evolving needs of the research community
  • Deliver PID-based services to submit, identify, attribute, and cite artefacts, starting with four disciplinary communities: Biological and Medical sciences, Environmental and Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences and the Humanities
  • Create PID integration and interoperability solutions for research institutions, libraries, data centres, publishers, and research funders
  • Enhance the expertise of the European research community by running an intensive training programme, and creating a knowledge base for practitioners integrating PIDs into research information systems.

THOR will create sustainable services, not just prototypes or proofs of concept. These services will be built to be accessible to all researchers, no matter which discipline or institution they work in.

We will run workshops and events across the European Research Area throughout the project to put expertise in your hands. Our project team and our network of ambassadors will work with the research community to explain the value of PIDs and help researchers, administrators, developers and service providers implement, use and benefit from a state of the art identifier network for researchers and their work.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a THOR ambassador, email us at