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Unlocking Repositories Through Persistent Identifiers (PIDs): Enabling Open Research Practices

July 20 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm UTC+2

Institutional repositories (IRs) play an important role in supporting open research practices by making various research outputs such as datasets, preprints and reports more accessible, discoverable, and citable. Using persistent identifiers (PIDs) for research outputs can maximize the discoverability and support in making research data FAIR. PIDs are unique and permanent identifiers that can be used to identify and cite research outputs over time. This is important for open research because it allows researchers to share their work with others and to track its impact.

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which is a type of PID, can be assigned and used for various research outputs (beyond the journal article) such as datasets, research software, dissertations, grants, peer review reports, and the list goes on. DOIs are persistent, unique, and machine-readable. Once DOIs are registered, it’s easy to find and cite them.

In this workshop, we are going to cover the following elements that could be useful for repository managers, researchers, librarians, and policymakers:

  • Introduction to persistent identifiers (PIDs) and their importance
  • Making your institution’s research data FAIR
  • The value of integrating repositories with DOIs
  • DataCite’s Global Access Program role in fostering PID adoption worldwide

Overall, institutional repositories are a vital tool for supporting open research practices. By providing PIDs, repositories can support making research data FAIR and enhance the visibility of various research outputs. This can help in making research more widely available to the public and fostering the transition towards a more Open Research landscape!


00:00 Welcome and introduction – Dr. Moumita Koley (Indian Institute of Science)

02:16 Advancing Institutional Research: The Importance of Research Data Repositories – Dr. Francis Jayakant (Scientific Officer, JRD Tata Library, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru), slides: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8170607

35:05 Introduction to Persistent Identifiers (PIDs), FAIR Principles, DataCite – Mohamad Mostafa (Regional Engagement Specialist: Middle East and Asia, DataCite), slides: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8170595

56:14 Benefits of DataCite Infrastructure – Gabriela Mejias (Community & Program Manager, DataCite), slides: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8170575

1:16:23 Q&A session