Putting PIDs to the test at Bootcamp Budapest

The third and final edition of the THOR Bootcamp will start in 3 weeks in the beautiful city Budapest. We gathered PID experts from THOR project partner organizations, Library and Information Centre of Hungarian Academy of Science, Centre for Social Sciences of Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Debrecen, to bring a full agenda for our participants.

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There is still time to sign up for the event! Join us to learn about PID from the best in Budapest!

THOR Bootcamp in Budapest


We are happy to announce that the THOR Bootcamp tour bus is on its way to Budapest!

On September 28 and 29th, the next and final event of the series will be hosted in collaboration with our friends at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (DataCite member and ORCID integrator), taking place on its campus by the bank of river Danube, overlooking the magnificent Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

We are excited to bring our work and expertise on interoperable research to the scholarly community in Hungary. The Bootcamp format is designed to bring a mixed audience together, provide an open forum where librarians, research funders and publishers, service providers and developers can discuss the role of PIDs in scholarly communication, consolidate PID use cases, share PID service adoption experiences and explore integration and application possibilities.

THOR aims to transfer knowledge, boost adoption and support PID related strategic planning and technical integration with practical guidance through the Bootcamp series. As usual, we will take the community response to our registration questionnaire into consideration, and tailor the content for you – we intend to have you armed to the teeth with the PID knowledge and tools you need by the end of the Bootcamp!

Sign up here,  see you there!

Hasta la Vista, THOR Bootcamp

With local support from THOR ambassador Eva Mendez, the first edition of the THOR Bootcamp was successfully carried out in Madrid, at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid on November 16-18. The Bootcamp is part of THOR’s outreach effort to engage and train local scholarly communication communities to further adoption of PID services. The full set of slides used can be found on the THOR Knowledge Hub.

THOR colleagues from different partner organizations and guest speakers from local research organizations joined forces to present a full curriculum on PID topics, from existing tools and services to technical and policy implementation. The event attracted more than 130 registrants in total and yielded valuable experience for both the attendees and the THOR project.

The Bootcamp consisted of 3 modules to cater tailored content to different audiences. The first half-day was organized as an integral part of research training for Ph.D. students and other young researchers at UC3M, focusing on Open Science recommendations and the incorporation of PIDs in existing research workflow. Students came from different disciplinary backgrounds and brought with them distinct questions, the Bootcamp provided a great opportunity for us to engage the young researchers’ community and address their concerns directly . 

“I consider the instruments presented along with the seminar an extremely powerful way to collect, share, exploit and advertise the work of a researcher in a way which is mostly new and free from older constraints. The value of the research itself is so, enhanced and collaborations are made way easier in benefits of the results.”

— Rocco Bombardieri, Ph.D. student at UC3M

Ph.D. Students attending THOR Bootcamp at UC3M

The second day was reserved for local information professionals and research data service stakeholders (librarians, researchers, research administrators and policy makers). Their day followed an intense schedule consisting of talks and a mini panel with service implementation experience by ORCID, DataCite and CERN.

Local information professionals at THOR Bootcamp General Day at UC3M

The final half-day offered a more technical tutorial. The self-contained programming module enabled participants to build a metrics dashboard that visualized data interactively, based on the technology used in the THOR dashboard. As a hands-on session designed for non-technical and technical savvy attendees alike, it was great to see how people from a variety of technical backgrounds approached the tutorial and contributed to the ensuing discussion.

Instructors of the Hands-0n Day, Ioannis Tsanaktsidis (left) and Kristian Garza (right).

We aim to establish ties with research organizations and institutions by providing tailored PID content via the Bootcamp series — two more Bootcamps will be held in March and May next year (2017). Stay tuned to find out if we are coming to your neighborhood soon! Or better yet, if you want to organize your own Bootcamp, sign up to be an ambassador and we will provide all the materials that are ready to be reused, plus event planning tips for bringing your local community up to speed with PIDs.

THOR Bootcamp in Madrid

Bootcamp the THOR en Madrid(Spanish version below)

Want to learn more about Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) and how to harness their potential to advance your work? THOR is launching its first Bootcamp in Madrid at UC3M on 17-18 November. We will look at topics like PID service integration, research data management, and research output compliance/ impact tracking – bring your questions and let’s crack them together.

THOR is an EC funded project set out to investigate and push the interoperability of scholarly infrastructure through PIDs. By bringing together PID stakeholders from all sides – PID issuers, research organizations, data centers, and researchers – THOR leads the development of PID solutions and gains first-hand experience of local integration through early adopters.

The bootcamp aims to transfer this knowledge to the wider community – funders, publishers, librarians, tool builders, researchers, etc. – and fuel PID related strategic planning and technical integration with practical guidance. The two-day event will include both talks on the current development of PID hot topics and a hands-on tool-building component. We will take the community response to our pre-event questionnaire into consideration, and tailor the content for you – prepare to advance your PID agenda by the end of the bootcamp!

Registration to the bootcamp is open, let us know what you want to learn most about PIDs during the registration process, and see you in Madrid!

¿Quieres saber más sobre identificadores persistentes (PIDs) y cómo aprovechar su potencial? THOR lanza el primero de una serie de Bootcamps internacionales en Madrid el próximo mes de Noviembre. Indagaremos sobre identificadores, integración de sistemas, gestión de datos de investigación, conformidad con estándares y seguimiento del impacto. Ven con tus preguntas y buscaremos respuestas todos juntos.

THOR es un proyecto financiado por la Comisión Europea diseñado para investigar las necesidades de interoperabilidad y empujar nuevos desarrollos que asienten las infraestructuras académicas y de investigación a través del uso de identificadores persistentes. THOR reúne a todas las partes — proveedores de servicios, organismos de investigación, centros de datos e investigadores — para desarrollar una infraestructura sólida y compartida, que genere experiencia y que apoye a los nuevos integradores.

Este Bootcamp tiene como objetivo compartir la experiencia de THOR con una comunidad más amplia — bibliotecas, servicios de investigación, editoriales, organismos de evaluación, investigadores, alentar la planificación estratégica y alimentar el desarrollo de nuevos servicios en España, particularmente los relacionados con datos de investigación. El evento, de dos días de duración, incluirá tanto charlas informativas como discusiones y trabajo práctico. Utilizaremos las preferencias de los asistentes para dar forma a una agenda adaptada a las necesidades de la comunidad y que permita a todos obtener lo máximo posible de la sesión.

¡El registro para el primer Bootcamp the THOR en Madrid ya está abierto! Rellena el formulario y déjanos conocer tus intereses para cerrar la agenda. ¡Nos vemos en Noviembre!