Objectives and plans

THOR will establish interoperability between the existing ORCID and DataCite infrastructures to assure that contributors, their roles, the organisations to which they are connected and the artefacts they pro-duce can be coherently described across the systems, turning them into building blocks of the federated PID e-infrastructure. This first objective will be met through these concrete steps:

  • harmonization of the metadata schemas and APIs;
  • introduction of synergies to incorporate new concepts such as organisations and funding bodies;
  • linking PIDs across platforms;
  • mechanisms to propagate information on the attribution of artefacts or their claiming by con-tributors;
  • solutions for simplified access to metadata and artefacts behind PIDs.

THOR will integrate services available within the ORCID and DataCite infrastructures, and pilot them within four advanced communities. It will make it possible to mint identifiers, or capture existing ones across the research lifecycle and artefact publishing workflows, intended as either the submission of a dataset to a repository, or the publication of a journal article. This second objective will be met through these concrete steps:

  • build PID-based workflows for attributing and claiming artefacts across platforms;
  • enable trans-disciplinary cross-linking and data citation;
  • help integrate ORCID and DataCite PIDs in the information management and submission work-flows of four advanced communities;
  • create “hooks” for integration of these PID services in local, disciplinary, national and global e-Infrastructures both at the production or development stage.

THOR will build capacity within all stakeholder communities (research communities, libraries, data cen-tres, publishers and research funders) to promote the uptake of the PID e-infrastructure. It will build bi-directional communication and feedback with stakeholder communities and provide multi-faceted out-reach and training opportunities. This third objective will be met through these concrete steps:

  • develop and implement a communication plan accounting for the diverse stakeholder groups;
  • create a set of resources describing concrete ‘how-to’ solutions for the integration of local, dis-ciplinary, national and global e-Infrastructures within the PID e-infrastructure;
  • deliver a programme of online and face to face events, including Ambassador participation at key events and hands-on Codefests;
  • train and engage stakeholders across the Member States with immersive Bootcamps.

THOR will achieve sustainability for the PID e-infrastructure by continuously measuring its uptake across stakeholder groups and evaluating evolving needs and opportunities. It will analyse stakeholder feed-back to amplify service design, deployment and evolution as well as business opportunities. This fourth objective will be met through these concrete steps:

  • establish metrics to assess development of a PID infrastructure, including overall impact on availability of open research data access;
  • measure adoption of PID-based services as well as tools, software and best-practices developed within the project, including associated tools, code, and best practices;
  • compare business plans of existing pieces of the federated PID e-infrastructures and support their evolution to sustain the services developed in the project, both at a disciplinary and trans-disciplinary level.