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Adoption and Integration of Persistent Identifiers in European Research Information Management

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These slides were presented at the LIBER conference in Patras, Greece, on 7 July 2017.

Abstract: Research institutions throughout Europe are engaged in research information management (RIM, sometimes known as Current Research Information Systems or CRIS) practices to aggregate, curate, and utilize information about the research conducted at their institutions. These efforts are rapidly scaling nationally and transnationally, as advancing technologies, standards, and networked information offer new opportunities for interoperability and discoverability.

Team members from OCLC Research are collaboratively examining this evolving ecosystem in conjunction with LIBER, specifically investigating the adoption and integration of person and organizational persistent identifiers (PIDs) and their role not only for disambiguation but also their current and future use for supporting interoperability in research information management.

Our research study is a close examination of research management practices in three national contexts: Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands, selected because they demonstrate useful parallels as well as differences that represent a host of emerging practices in research information management in Europe. Research has been conducted through semi-structured interviews with practitioners and stakeholders within universities, national libraries, and collaborative ICT organizations.

These slides provide an overview of the RIM and PID landscape in each of these countries, particularly exploring efforts to develop shared research information management infrastructure operationalized at a group, regional, or national level. It also introduces some preliminary conclusions from our research, which will be published in full at a future date.