Save the date! THOR Final Event: 15 November 2017

The THOR project team are delighted to announce that the project final event will take place at the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy, on November 15th 2017.

Come and join us in the Eternal City to learn about how we have advanced the state of the art in persistent identifiers. You will find out about how we have developed new tools to connect identifiers across systems, to link people, datasets, samples, reactions and more. You will see how identifiers are being used in access and authentication. You will see what we have done to drive new developments in the identifier world, and learn of our research into how identifiers are being used and by whom.

This event will be presented in partnership with our hosts and local supporters La Sapienza and Cineca, and will include keynotes from data publishing expert, open science champion and THOR ambassador Fiona Murphy and another expert in the field, as well as presentations from the THOR partners.

If you care about how identifiers can be used to make research more open, FAIR and effective, then you should not miss this conference.

More information about the speakers, programme and registration details will be announced soon!

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

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.