Much work has been done previously on identifiers and schema for sensors, sequencers, and research platforms in geoscience and genomics. These areas have led in the development of methods for identifying instruments, instances, recording calibration and connecting metadata to instruments and infrastructure amongst others.
There is also growing awareness outside of these traditional areas about the benefits of uniquely identifying instruments. This has resulted in an alignment of direction and energies in recent years developing and building agreement on a schema and Persistent Identifier (PID) that can be used globally and across disciplines in the drive for better description, use metrics, richer metadata and promoting joined up e-research.
Recent events in this area include the publication of a draft schema and white paper by the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Persistent Identification Working Group (PIDInst), and, the establishment and growth of the Identifiers for Instruments in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand Community of Practice (i4iOz).
This BOF will introduce the context and current work in Instrumentation PIDs globally by bringing together representatives from the RDA PIDINST Working Group, the i4iOZ Community of Practice, recent schema adoption pilot projects from both and long-time community members working on the area.
This BOF aims to drive discussion and cooperation in Instrument Identifier development in Australasia and internationally by bringing together groups currently working in the area and providing a platform for discussion and cooperation.