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Risks and Trust in Pursuit of a Well-functioning Persistent Identifier Infrastructure for Research Recording

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NISO Plus 2023 was a virtual global event which happened around the world on February 14-16, 2023. Building on our track record of engagement and conversation, we brought the same quality of content from 2020-2022 to our 2023 gathering. Dozens of amazing speakers and keynotes from across the globe share their knowledge and expertise on important topics for the information community.
Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) and their infrastructures are argued to be of significant strategic importance, o the increasingly digital reality of modern-day research. With this in mind, Knowledge Exchange (KE) intends to investigate PIDs in depth, aiming to better understand what is needed to build and exploit a well-functioning PID infrastructure for research. Our ambition is to identify, through investigation, analysis and recommendations, what could be the best possible strategic and operational paths to achieve a well-functioning PID infrastructure for Knowledge Exchange (KE) member states and beyond.

The main results of these surveys and analyses are:
  • Openness is critical for a sustainable and trustworthy PID infrastructure, this relates to data, documentation but also communication on risks. 
  • Globally, political and social risks are perceived as more important than technological failure. 
  • Sustainability is considered as a key factor of trust, while the term covers not only economical (funding, business model) but also political (strategy, governance) and social aspects (community support, acceptance). 
  • Coordination is crucial and more important than the selection of “good PIDs”.

This presentation was provided by Iain Hrynaszkiewicz of Open Research Solutions during the two-day "NISO Tech Summit: Reflections Upon The Year of Open Science." Day one was held on October 25, 2023.
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