DCC Workshop on Persistent Identifiers

30 June - 1 July 2005
Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow

Overview

The persistent identification of digital information can play a vital role in enabling its long-term accessibility and re-use. In recent years, there have been fragmented attempts to define a set of basic requirements for persistently identifying digital information. While workshops by CETIS and ERPANET have helped to highlight some of the major issues involved with persistent identification over time, widespread agreement on basic requirements has yet to be achieved. In an attempt to build upon the results of these two events and to help coordinate future efforts, the DCC, ERPANET, NISO, and CETIS are working together to deliver a series of related events which aim to establish wider agreement of some common requirements for creating globally unique, persistent identifiers.

The results of this event were used as a starting point for the NISO pre-standards workshop on the same topic held in September 2005.

Workshop Presentations & Sound Recordings

Introduction and Welcome Chris Rusbridge, DCC View or download PowerPoint slides (335KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 11mins, 10.4MB)

Opening Remarks Rick Rodgers, National Library of Medicine View HTML presentation Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 19mins, 18.9MB)

DCC Perspectives

DCC Persistent Identifiers for Representation Information David Giaretta, DCC View or download PowerPoint slides (543KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 28mins, 26.4MB)

Persistent Identifier Case Studies

Case Studies: Some Biomedical Experience
Rick Rodgers, National Library of Medicine
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Use Cases for Persistent Identifiers Charles Duncan, Intrallect Ltd View or download PowerPoint slides (202KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 33mins, 31.2MB)

Persistent Identifiers: Specific requirements from the OA Publishing and SSH communities and some general remarks regarding our conceptual framework Dr. Stefan Gradmann, UHH/Regionales Rechenzentrum View or download PDF (218KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 30mins, 29MB)

University Library Experience: CDL Case Study John Kunze, California Digital Library View or download PowerPoint slides (90KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 35mins, 32.9MB)

Current Registration Schemes and Guidelines

URI Scheme Registration Proposed Changes Stuart Weibel, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC View or download PowerPoint slides (85KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 31mins, 29.3MB)

Architectural Guidelines for Naming Henry S. Thompson, ICCS/HCRC School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh and W3C Technical Architecture Group View or download HTML page (10KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 63mins, 59.3MB)

Shared understanding of Technical Requirements, Standards and Characteristics

To name: persistently: ay, there's the rub Andy Powell, UKOLN View or download PowerPoint slides (579KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 67mins, 63.1MB)

Identifying Elements of a Generic Reference Model

A Layered Model Decision Making Concerning Persistent Identifiers Stuart Weibel, OCLC View or download PowerPoint slides (294KB)

Conceptual Model Discussion Session led by Stuart Weibel, OCLC View or download PowerPoint slides (89KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 98mins, 92.8MB)

Current Tools and Strategies and Future Needs

PURLs Stuart Weibel, OCLC View or download PowerPoint slides (121KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 38mins, 35.6MB)

Overview of Archival Resource Key (ARK) Tools John Kunze, California Digital Library View or download PowerPoint slides (97KB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 23mins, 21.6MB)

The Handle System Sean Reilly, Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) View or download PowerPoint slides (170 Kb) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 22mins, 21.1MB)

DOI Norman Paskin, International DOI Foundation (IDF) View or download PowerPoint slides (1.6MB) Listen to a sound recording of this presentation (MP3, 22mins, 21.1MB)

Benefits of Attendance

This workshop benefited anyone who creates or manages access to digital resources — including librarians, archivists, scientists, publishers and staff from higher and further education and government institutions. Participants helped set the agenda for the future development of persistent identifiers and helped draft an initial model for the assignment and long-term maintenance of persistent identifiers.

Format

The workshop provided a series of focused case studies, presentations and interactive breakout sessions. A handbook of additional resources was made available to participants outlining international projects, tools and identification systems.

Key themes included:

  • Shared understanding key terms and concepts
  • Use cases from a range of perspectives
  • Developing workflow and conceptual models for the assignment and maintenance of persistent identifiers
  • Ensuring persistence over time

Confirmed speakers included:

  • Peter Buneman, DCC Associate Director - Research, School for Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Charles Duncan, Director, Intrallect
  • David Giaretta, DCC Associate Director - Development, Space Data, Space Science and Technology Department, CCLRC
  • Stefan Gradmann, Head of the Virtual Library Unit at Hamburg University
  • John Kunze, Preservation Technologies Architect, California Digital Library
  • Andy Powell, Assistant Director and Team Leader, Distributed Systems and Services Team, UKOLN
  • Rick Rodgers, National Library of Medicine
  • Stuart Weibel, Consulting Research Scientist, Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC)

Programme Committee

  • Peter Burnhill, Director, EDINA, UK
  • Joy Davidson, Training Coordinator, Digital Curation Centre (DCC), UK
  • Lorna Campbell, Assistant Director SIGs and Content, CETIS, UK
  • Pat Harris, Director, National Information Standards Organization (NISO), USA
  • John Kunze, Preservation Technologies Architect, California Digital Library, USA
  • Lawrence Lannom, Director of Information Management Technology Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), USA
  • Norman Paskin, Director International DOI Foundation, UK
  • Rick Rodgers, National Library of Medicine, USA
  • Seamus Ross, DCC Associate Director Services, UK
  • Stuart Weibel, Consulting Research Scientist, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), USA

Venue

This event was held at the Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow. See travel information, campus and city maps.

Accommodation

See a list of the hotels within walking distance of the University of Glasgow and the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board website for accommodation options.

Registration

Registration fees were £75 for DCC Associate Network members and £125 for non-members. These fees included all workshop materials and handouts, lunch and refreshments for both days.

Membership of the DCC Associates Network is FREE! For more information on becoming a member, see our Associates Network page.

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