LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, and OCLC Research are launching a collaborative project to explore the adoption and integration of persistent identifiers (PIDs) in European research information management (RIM) infrastructures.
The project will complement and extend previous research institution-scale implementations of RIM in European institutions. It will provide university and research library leaders with useful insights on emerging practices and challenges in research management at institutional, group, national and even transnational scales.
“The joint OCLC-LIBER study focuses on persistent identifiers, which have a central role in research data management,” said Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, President of LIBER and Director of National Network Services at the National Library of Finland.“Both OCLC and LIBER support libraries in the development of digital, open services and this collaboration brings added value to both organizations.”
“We are delighted to be working with LIBER on this initiative,”said Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist at OCLC. “OCLC Research is interested in how the library is promoting and engaging with broader research support initiatives on campus and nationally. And we have a growing body of work on issues around research data management and research information management. Our collaboration with LIBER allows us to extend this work and to collaborate with leading European libraries on a topic that is increasingly important for us all.”
Research institutions throughout Europe are engaged in research information management (RIM, sometimes known as Current Research Information Systems or CRIS) practices to aggregate, curate and utilize information about the research conducted at their institutions. These efforts are rapidly scaling nationally and transnationally, as advancing technologies, standards, and networked information offer new opportunities for interoperability and discoverability.
In this particular collaborative research effort, the organizations will examine the research information management practices in three European national contexts—Finland, Germany and the Netherlands—with close attention to the adoption and integration of PIDs and their role in supporting disambiguation and interoperability. Through a series of semi-structured interviews with practitioners and stakeholders within universities, national libraries and collaborative Information and Communications Technology (ICT) organizations, they will develop robust case studies of national RIM infrastructure as well as specific examples of RIM practices and PID integration.
A presentation about this project is planned for the 46th LIBER Annual Conference in Patras, Greece, July 5-7 2017.