THOR at Digital Infrastructures for Research

The last week of September 2016, several THOR partners headed to the city of churches, Krakow, to participate in the Digital Infrastructures for Research conference (DI4R). DI4R was an event organised by Europe’s leading e-infrastructures, EGI, EUDAT, GÉANT, OpenAIRE and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe, in which researchers, developers and service providers brainstormed and discussed adoption of digital infrastructure services and promote user-driven innovation. Adam Farquhar (British Library), Josh Brown (ORCiD), Robin Dasler (CERN) and myself, Kristian Garza (DataCite), closed the first day of activities with a talk that emphasised that PIDs are a set of tools and systems to be integrated and promoted in infrastructures and services for researchers.

Our session was divided into short presentations that showcased how ORCiD iDs and DataCite DOIs are integrated into research systems and connected with other platforms. After that, we presented the case of CERN for PID integration which showcased how PIDs enabled linking, attribution, claiming and citation of contributors and datasets.

The session was followed by a discussion on ORCiD nationwide use cases and the need for improving metadata capturing compliance of DOIs. Finally, the DI4R audience shot the THOR panel with a provocative series of questions. For example:

    – “How should we deal with credit attribution of collections of datasets? When in some areas data collections are created by a contributor but each item in the collection has a different producer.”  

    – “Do we need PIDs for machines and instrumentation?”

    – “What about PIDs for projects?”

Certainly, some those questions need further thought and exploration by the THOR members and the community at large. Join us at Pidapalooza if you want to be part of this discussion.

Overall the THOR session at DI4R highlighted the project’s work (specifically DataCite’s Event-Data and ORCiD’s auto-update) and ended up with a good discussion about future lines of work to be developed.


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.