RAiD: A Persistent Identifier and Data Management Record for Research Activities

Ms Siobhann Mccafferty1, Mr  Ian Duncan2, Dr Andrew Janke2

1Australian Access Federation, Brisbane, Australia,

2Research Data Services (RDS), Brisbane, Australia

3. University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 


This poster presents the RAiD Persistent Identifier for research activities.

Persistent Identifiers (PID’s) are an essential tool of digital research data management and the evolving data management ecosystem. They allow for a clear line of sight along data management processes and workflows, more efficient collaboration and more precise measures of cooperation, impact, value and outputs.

The use of PID’s is becoming standard practice for institutions, funders and infrastructure providers and standard Identifiers have developed for individuals [1] and outputs [2], but previously not for Activities or Projects.

RAiD was developed by The Australian Data Life Cycle Framework Project (DLCF) [3] in response to this need and is a freely available service and API.

To mint a RAiD Institutions can integrate the RAiD API into their services. Services that the RAiD API can be integrated with include:​

  • Institutional DMP Tools
  • Virtual Labs
  • Ethics application systems
  • Storage request platforms
  • A Stand alone RAiD request portal

The ID consists of two parts: A RAiD number, and a RAiD DMR (Data Management Record).

The RAiD number is generated via the ANDS minting service and is packaged with Service Point minting information and a time date stamp.

The RAiD DMR contains related Identifiers such as;

  • Doi
  • Orcid
  • ISNI
  • GRID
  • RAID

It also records and stores information of provisioned tools and storage from RAiD integrated services such as Cloudstor, Nectar Computing and AWS storage.

The RAiD identifier and service supports data management across all phases of research by placing the research project or activity at the centre of research workflows, creating a chain of provenance, improving discovery and access, and ensuring that output is attributable and reportable. Thus following the F.AI.R Principles [4] of making research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable.

RAiD [5] is a significant addition to eResearch PIDs and is being integrated into a selection of Institutions across Australia and New Zealand.


  1. Available at:, accessed 08 September 2017
  2. Available at:, accessed 08 September 2017
  3. Data Life Cycle Framework Project. Available at:, accessed 08 September 2017
  4. FAIR Principles. Available at:, accessed 08 September 2017
  5. Available at, accessed 08 September 2017


Ian Duncan is the Director of Research Data Services (RDS).

Andrew Janke is the Informatics Fellow for the  National Imaging Facility (NIF), Systems Architect, DLCF,  Research Data Services (RDS) and Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) University of Queensland.

Siobhann McCafferty is the Project Manager for the Data Life Cycle Framework Project.


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