Persistent Identifiers and Group ID Policy

Heath Marks 1, Jeremy Hammond 2, Craig Hamilton3, Andrew Janke4, Siobhann McCafferty5(Convener)

  1. Australian Access Federation, Brisbane, Australia,
  2. University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia,
  3. Intersect Australia ltd, Sydney, Australia,
  4. University of Queensland/Research Data Services, Brisbane, Australia,
  5. Australian Access Federation, Brisbane, Australia,


Summary of topic

Persistent Identifiers (PID’s) are an essential tool of digital research data management and the evolving data management ecosystem.

The use of PID’s supports data management across all phases of research by creating chains of provenance, improving discovery and access, and ensuring that output is attributable and reportable. Thus following the F.AI..R Principles [1] of making research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable.

The use of PID’s is becoming standard practice for institutions, funders and infrastructure providers and standard Identifiers have developed for individuals [2], activities or projects [3] and outputs [4], however there is no national or international Group or Team ID as of yet.

Currently there are a range of technical solutions with the ability to create and store groups, but the larger issue remains the complexity of access policy and business rules.

The Australian Data Life Cycle Framework Project [5] has precipitated an interest in Group IDs recently and there has been active discussion about development and policy between several groups and institutions, including ANDS, The Australian Access Federation (AAF), Intersect, AARNET, Research Data Services (RDS), Nectar, The University of Sydney and The University of Queensland.

This Birds of a Feather session will bring together these and further interested parties to discuss the current status of Group ID work and possible business rules and policy for a Group ID in Australasia.

Desired outcomes include the formation of a Group ID policy Working Group, and a draft list of business rules.

Session format

This invites involvement from Data Management professionals working in the Identity Management, Research Data Management and research infrastructure management areas in Australia. The session will be 60 minutes long and the format will be a combination of round table, and open discussion.


  1. FAIR Principles. Available at:, accessed 29 June 2017
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  3. Available at, accessed 29 June 2017
  4. Available at:, accessed 29 June 2017
  5. Data Life Cycle Framework Project. Available at:, accessed 29 June 2017


Siobhann McCafferty is the Project manager for the Data Life Cycle Framework project.

Heath Marks is the Director of The Australian Access Federation, based in Brisbane, Australia.

Dr Jeremy Hammond is the Associate Director of Research ICT at the University of Sydney.

Craig Hamilton is the Engineering Manager for Intersect Australia ltd.

Dr Andrew Janke is Informatics Fellow at the Australian National Imaging Facility, Systems Architect for the Data Life Cycle Framework Project and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Imaging at The University of Queensland.

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