Make the connection with persistent identifiers

Dr Adrian Burton1, Dr Amir Aryani1, Ms Gerry Ryder1

1Australian National Data Service


Increasingly, the research community, including funders and publishers, is recognising the power of ‘connected up’ research to facilitate reuse, reproducibility and transparency of research.

Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are critical enablers for identifying and linking related research objects including datasets, people, grants, concepts, places, projects and publications.  The Australian National Data Service (ANDS), in collaboration with other national agencies, is involved in global initiatives to exploit the power of PIDs.

Scholix, an initiative of the Research Data Alliance, provides links between scholarly literature and research data as well as between data and data.  These links significantly aid the scientific method by improving discovery of and access to related knowledge and underpinning observations.

The Research Data Switchboard connects datasets and related information across research data repositories and infrastructures using information about co-authorship and jointly funded projects.  The data from the Switchboard software is captured in a distributed network of scholarly works called Research Graph, this data is also available in known graph data files such as GraphML for analysis and visualisation.

This presentation will briefly describe the ANDS data connections strategy and the identifier types involved such as DOI, ORCID and RAID.  We will demonstrate Scholix and Research Graph and explain how you can ensure your research outputs are ‘connection ready’.

For researchers and research organisations to take advantage of the emerging global and distributed research information ecosystem, persistent identifiers are essential for globally standard references  to datasets, publications, people, grants, scientific concepts, places, projects etc.


Dr Adrian Burton is Director, Services at the Australian National Data Service


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