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Wednesday, January 23


How PID are DOI's
In this presentation, we will talk about the results of an analysis of doi’s from real life systems - with emphasis on invalid doi’s.  The analysis is based on a representative sample from approximately 500.000 doi's from app. 80 different institutions (research institution and funders).  The non-matched doi’s are categorised as 1) valid doi’s not covered by Dimensions, 2) valid doi’s that resolve as a dead link and 3) invalid doi’s that are non-resolvable.  The analysis is ongoing and hence categorisation and sub-categorisation is in development.  DOI is one of the best adopted PID we have - and hence a PID which can trigger interesting discussion points based on real-life usage of PID’s

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Brian Kirkegaard Lunn

Senior Metadata Manager, Digital Science - Dimensions
Data in Dimensions.ai

Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:00pm - 12:25pm
Main Stage
Thursday, January 24


Who Moved my Institution? A Data Integration Story
At APS we succeeded in integrating GRID PID's for organizations into our author-facing institutional database this past year. I'll describe how we did it, some of the benefits, some of the challenges, and some of the feedback we've received from our users. There's still a lot more we'd like to do with persistent institutional identifiers, so I'll also talk about the road still ahead.

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Arthur Smith

American Physical Society
Arthur Smith has worked for the American Physical Society in the JournalInformation Systems Department since 1995, supporting the onlinetransformation of the peer review process and related activities for thePhysical Review journals. His current position as lead data analyst involvescollecting... Read More →

Thursday January 24, 2019 10:45am - 11:10am
Stage 1


The Ups and Downs of Implementing PIDs for Cultural Heritage in Flanders
Since 2013 PACKED vzw (a non-profit expertise center on digital heritage in Flanders) has been doing research on practical implementation of different PID practices for museums, libraries and archives in the cultural heritage landscape in Flanders. The objective was to ensure sustainable publication of data about heritage collections online and thus make heritage institutions trustworthy digital knowledge sources. This in a sector with almost no IT-knowledge and insufficient funding. On our path we have dealt with conceptual and practical questions like identification of real-life artworks vs. identification of digital data about them, choosing between centralized and decentralized PID-services, choosing the right syntax, introducing management-tools of PIDs into the heritage institutions, creating persistent links between different heritage collections, disseminating the PIDs of museum objects via Wikidata etc. We developed an open source tool for the collectionmanagers in heritage institutions to take control over the resolving of their persistent URI's (https://github.com/PACKED-vzw/resolver and https://github.com/oSoc18/culturizeapp) which still needs a bigger community around it. In the presentation I will show the wins and the fails of our adventures and would like to get feedback and help from the community.

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Alina Saenko

I have studied archive management at V.U. Brussels and cultural management at the University of Antwerp. Within PACKED vzw - center of expertise for digital heritage - I currently work on projects around open cultural data, persistent identification and Wikimedia platforms.

Thursday January 24, 2019 11:15am - 11:40am
Stage 2


From Standard to Community Resource – A View on ISNI and Org IDs
Over the last year, the International Standard Name Identifier board have been considering the ways in which ISNI as a system can improve to meet new challenges and become more open and transparent. One particular consideration has been to make ISNIs a better solution for organisation identifiers. The British Library as an ISNI Registration Agency has also been developing tools that make it easier to use for identifying organisations, in response to feedback from national and international collaborators. This session will give PIDapalooza an update on ISNI and British Library activities over the past year and demonstrate how we are working to get a wider buy-in on persistent identification of organisations early on – including how we’re attempting to work with funders to embed PID practice.


Torsten Reimer

Dr Torsten Reimer is Head of Research Services at the British Library. He is responsible for developing the services and contemporary collections through which the BL supports individual researchers and research organisations, online and onsite. This portfolio includes DataCite UK... Read More →

Frances Madden

Research Identifiers Lead, British Library
Frances Madden is Research Identifiers Lead at The British Library, overseeing the BL's contribution to the FREYA project. Her role includes looking at integrating persistent identifiers into the BL's systems and representing the humanities and social sciences sectors within FREYA... Read More →

Thursday January 24, 2019 11:45am - 12:10pm
Main Stage


RAiD 12 months on
At the last Pidapalooza we brought you RAiD, our shiny new PID for Research Activities.
Now, a year(ish) later and having gone through its gawky teenage phase, RAiD is emerging as a new full service, with governance, ISO standard support and general agreement about its value.
But the way has not been without potholes, crocodiles and peril. There have been, and still are, many challenges for RAiD. Some of which will be familiar, and some are specific to Activity ID’s.
This talk will look at the first 12 months of the RAiD Project ID and our story of challenges and successes along the way.  Things like:

- Encouraging adoption in times of perilous funding
- Building community trust in a PID service
- Educating around PIDs (outside of research management)
- Nurturing culture change for project centred research
- Fighting for persistence during organisational re-shuffles
- Defining international when you’re based at the bottom of the world

By being candid about the challenges of launching a new persistent ID we endeavour to aid other emerging PIDs, and also to maybe pick the collective mind of the audience for any solutions and shared experience from their own PID stories.


Siobhann McCafferty

Australian Access Federation
Project Manager for the Data Life Cycle Framework Project (ARDC, AAF, AARNET) which is making better plumbing for Research Management with PIDs, Plugs and stores.  Based in Brisbane, Australia.

Thursday January 24, 2019 1:15pm - 1:40pm
Stage 1


Persistent Identifiers, MARC records and Cambridge University Press
Within MARC records, two kinds of persistent identifiers always come to mind: ISBNs and URLs.
At Cambridge University Press, we give maximum priority to the accuracy of our metadata, in order to guarantee the best discoverability of our resources.
In this talk, Concetta La Spada, Senior Library Data Analyst, trained Cataloguer and Librarian, will share her tale about the long journey of re-cataloguing our eBooks collections and the importance of correct metadata across systems. An ISBN in the wrong place at the wrong time can be a calamity!
Also, what happens when a URL syntax is changed and everyone needs to be notified?
Come and see Concetta’s (horror?) tale!

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Concetta La Spada

Library Data Analyst, Cambridge University Press
A native of Sicily in Italy, Concetta completed her BA in Conservation of Cultural Heritage in 2007 at the University of Messina. During her university years she worked in various libraries and cultural institutions in Italy. She completed her MA in Archival and Library Science at... Read More →

Thursday January 24, 2019 1:45pm - 2:10pm
Stage 2


Cobaltmetrics: Web-scale PID-centric Altmetrics
There is a severe lack of diversity in altmetrics, so we are setting the new standard for citation tracking with Cobaltmetrics. The web is our corpus, and we index all URIs and typed identifiers as first-class citations.

We presented Cobaltmetrics for the very first time a year ago at PIDapalooza in Girona. A lot has changed since then in order to produce a corpus that is balanced and inclusive. We mine data in over 180 languages, we unroll short URLs and proxy URLs from over 175 services, and we crack open URLs to extract persistent identifiers.

We received invaluable feedback last year, and we think it's time for an update. We will present the most recent features and APIs, including our free altmetrics API, and our free URI transmutation API that converts between 50+ types of PIDs. We will also present upcoming features, e.g. an API that gives alerts for retracted publications, and promising collaborations like our partnership with the AI-powered summarizer Paper Digest.

Thursday January 24, 2019 2:15pm - 2:40pm
Main Stage


The Yin and Yang of PIDs
This interactive, hour-long session on communicating about PIDs to researchers will be divided into two halves. The first will look at the yin -- the “dark side”! -- of PIDs. After hearing a couple of "horror stories from the session leaders, participants will be invited to share their own experiences of PID communication challenges. What went wrong? How did they address the issue? What did they learn from the experience? How can we all help ensure fewer PID problems in future?

The second half will focus on the yang -- positive PID stories and communication strategies. Following the same structure as the first part, this time around we will be sharing our success stories.  What worked -- and how do you know it did? Why did it work? Is it replicable by other organizations?

Please come to this session with at least one PID story to share -- good or bad -- and be ready for a lively discussion of how we can learn from our shared experiences to tell a more consistent and evidence-based PID story to researchers and make our communications with them more successful.

Session organizers: Helena Cousijn (DataCite), Ginny Hendricks (Crossref), Alice Meadows (ORCID)


Helena Cousijn

Director of Community Engagement & Communications, DataCite
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Rachael Lammey

Head of Community Outreach, Crossref
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Alice Meadows

Director, Communications, ORCID

Thursday January 24, 2019 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Stage 2