Requirements On a Group Registry Service in Support of Research Activity Identifiers (RAiDs)

Dr Scott Koranda1, Dr Andrew Janke2, Ms Heather Flanagan1, Ms Siobhann Mccafferty3, Mr Benjamin Oshrin1, Mr Terry Smith3

1Spherical Cow Group, Wauwatosa, United States,,

2Research Data Services, Brisbane, Australia,

3Australian Access Federation, Brisbane, Australia,


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 Research Activity Identifier (RAiD) [1] was developed by The Australian Data Life Cycle Framework Project (DLCF) [2] in response to this need and is a freely available service and API. A RAiD is a handle (string of numbers) that is minted via the RAiD API. The handle is persistent and can have other digital identifiers associated with it such as ORCiDs [3], DOI’s [4], and Group Identifiers (GiDs).

The minting, structure, management, and curation of GiDs are open and evolving issues. We present the program of work and results from a study of these issues around GiDs undertaken by collaboration between the Research Data Services (RDS) [5] project and the Australian Access Federation (AAF) [6]. The study focused on supporting the group management needs of Australian research collaborations, services, and infrastructure and included use cases and user stories from the National Imaging Facility (NIF) [7], AARNET CloudStor [8], the UQ Data Management Planning system (UQ RDM) [9], and the Research Data Box (ReDBox) [10] from the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF).

We report on requirements for a group registry service to serve as the foundation for a GiD API and detail what future enhancements to the group registry service will be necessary to support collaboration across international boundaries via services federated with eduGAIN through AAF subscriptions.


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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.

Scott Koranda specializes on identity management architectures that streamline and enhance collaboration for research organizations.

Siobhann McCafferty is a Brisbane based Research Data Management specialist. She is the Project Manager for the Data LifeCycle Project ( and part of the RAiD Research Activity Identifier Project (

Terry Smith is responsible for providing support and training activities to the AAF subscriber community and international engagement across the Asia Pacific region as chair of the APAN Identity and Access management working groups and globally through eduGAIN.

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