Today at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, STFC e-Science hosted the Pandata open international workshop on IT for photon and neutron sources. The meeting was attended by fourty experts in IT for large facilities from across Europe.
The workshop presentations included descriptions of several new European initiatives to establish e-infrastructures for European scientific facilities including cross-disciplinary activities such as OpenAIRE and EUDat as well as discipline based activities includingSCIDIP-ES, PaNdata Open Data Infrastructure (PaNdata ODI), and theCluster of Research Infrastructures for Synergies in Physics (CRISP).
It emerged that these new initiatives are going to address several common issues, includingunique identifiers for individual researchers, unique identifiers for datasets,and metadata descriptions of research data that can be federated for search with wider opportunities for discovery.
To move forward the debate on unique researcher identifiers Cameron Neylon (link opens in a new window) presented the ORCID Open Researcher and Contributor ID which may provide an opencommon solution.
Frank Schlünzen from DESY lead the debate on unique identifiers for datasets which focussed on the opportunities provided by using DOI's through DataCite which are publication focussed and using persistent identifiers from the European PID Consortium (EPIC) which are focussed on the data lifecycle.