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Be my One and Only Forever. Views about Unique and Persistent Identifiers. Open Workshop and Training

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From 2016-08-31 to 2016-09-02, Germany
The RDA Europe project is organising an open workshop on PID systems and a training course for those interested in learning more about PID systems and make up their own mind. Munich, Germany, from 31 August until 1 September.
In complex data domains, unique and persistent identifiers (PIDs) associated with specific information are the core of proper data management and access. They can be used to give every data object (including collection objects) an identity that enables referring to the data resources and metadata and, additionally, to prove integrity, authenticity and other attributes.

Unique and persistent identifiers that can be resolved to meaningful information will be crucial in the digital domain to identify Digital Objects, check their state, refer to them, get access to them, etc. Due to this crucial role it is essential to deploy ultimately stable and robust PID systems allowing users to rely on their existence for many years.

There are still many uncertainties about the role of such PIDs, about which system to choose and about the criteria it should fulfil. This workshop is meant to bring experts together with different backgrounds and from different disciplines to engage in open dialogues in order to openly assess different opinions.

The objective of the training course is to inform participants about the usage of PIDs, the systems that are available and services that can be used. By the end of the course, participants will have a good overview enabling them to participate in registering and resolving PIDs for their purposes.

The training course offers both a theoretical (overviews, usage, specifications) section as well as hands-on experience. Various experts will give presentations to help participants obtain a comprehensive overview and practical insight about PIDs and PID systems allowing them to draw their own conclusions.

About the Workshop, 1-2 September 2016. The objective of the workshop is to exchange information about current practices in using PIDs and PID systems and to draw best practice conclusions at the end. The workshop aims to bring people from various discipline backgrounds together and discuss about advanced usages of PIDs to sharpen understanding and to disseminate current practices. Different use cases that have exemplary character will be presented and discussed, with plenty of time reserved for discussion. A call for Papers is also open (deadline 8 July).

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Participation is free of charge, but subject to online registration before 1st August. Both events will be organised at the Max Planck Computer and Data Facility (MPCDF) in Garching/Munich (Germany).

Deadlines, agenda and information about the venue can be found online

About RDA Europe
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is an international member-based organisation focused on the development of infrastructure and community activities to reduce the social and technical barriers to data sharing and re-use and to promote the acceleration of data driven innovation and discovery worldwide.

RDA Europe, the European plug-in to RDA, is mandated to ensure that European political, research, industrial and digital infrastructure stakeholders are aware of, engaged with and actively involved in the global RDA activities.



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