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Review and Analysis of PID Landscape in Ireland

Submitted on 15th November 2023

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Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (NORF) has announced that MoreBrains Cooperative has been awarded the contract to conduct a review and analysis of the Persistent Identifier (PID) landscape in Ireland. This contract results from an open tender run by NORF and Public Procurement Services. Funding for this contract was provided by the Higher Education Authority. 

The work to be undertaken will result in two key deliverables. The first is a PID cost-benefit analysis for Ireland designed to determine and demonstrate the role and impact of PID adoption in Ireland. The second deliverable is a National PID Strategy and Roadmap for Ireland for the next 3-5 years including national-level objectives, recommendations and actions for key stakeholder groups, an implementation plan, and associated targets or indicators for monitoring progress. A Task Force of key stakeholder representatives appointed by and chaired by NORF will oversee this work. 

The review and analysis of the PID landscape will support the implementation of Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030, specifically its action to:

“Develop a national roadmap for the adoption of a range of Persistent Identifiers according to international best practice, such as ORCID, DOIs, RAiDs and ROR identifiers. Implement this roadmap to consolidate national coordination and accelerate the uptake and integration of priority identifiers.”

(Action 4.4.2)

Speaking about the announcement, Daniel Bangert, National Open Research Coordinator, said: 

“Persistent Identifiers enable research to be more easily found and cited, help to reduce administrative burden on researchers and institutions, and are key to implementing the FAIR principles. The development of a national PID roadmap will ensure a coordinated approach to PIDs in Ireland that supports national aims for open research and research impact.” 

Daniel Bangert, National Open Research Coordinator

The contract start date is 2 October 2023, with a duration of nine months. For more information, please contact Dr Michelle Doran, Project Manager, NORF, Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy: 

NORF is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research and Innovation and Science through the Higher Education Authority (HEA). It is managed by the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), which is headquartered under the legal entity of the Royal Irish Academy. It is co-chaired by the Health Research Board (HRB) and the HEA.

DRI is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) via the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Research Council (IRC).

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