Supporting a reliable citation standard for the internet

With the rise of the internet as a source of information, researchers have struggled with citation standards for referencing source documents. An EU-funded project is developing a solution for European and global e-research infrastructures to enable more open science.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 11 March 2019  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Information societyInformation technology  |  Internet
Innovation
International cooperation
Research infrastructures
Research policyHorizon 2020
SMEs
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Australia  |  Germany  |  Netherlands  |  Switzerland  |  United Kingdom  |  United States
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Supporting a reliable citation standard for the internet

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For many years, academics and archivists worked to develop standard practices for the citation of paper-based documents, so that readers could find sources mentioned in footnotes or bibliographies.

In today’s web-based society, the concept of the persistent identifier (PID), or a long-lasting reference to a document, has become a problem. Studies have shown that within a few years of being cited, a significant percentage of web addresses have expired. The goal of the EU-funded FREYA consortium is to create a robust environment for PIDs.

FREYA is capitalising on the success of the EU-funded THOR project, which established interoperability between existing resources, linking digital identifiers across platforms. It is also building on the core services of existing, trusted PID systems, developing them in the context of established community-based services and more widely through the European Open Science Cloud.

FREYA services cover a wide range of resources across the research and innovation landscape. The project is enhancing the links between them so that they can be exploited in many disciplines and research frameworks.

The project has three main components. The PID Graph connects and integrates PID systems to create an information map of relationships across PIDs, providing a basis for new services. The PID Forum is a stakeholder community whose members collectively oversee the development and deployment of new PID types.

Finally, the PID Commons addresses the sustainability of the PID infrastructure resulting from FREYA beyond the lifetime of the project itself, by defining the roles, responsibilities and structures for good self-governance based on consensual decision-making. The result is a more accessible and reliable e-research space, helping to enable open science to benefit everyone.

Project details

  • Project acronym: FREYA
  • Participants: United Kingdom (Coordinator), Austria, Switzerland, Germany, United States, Netherlands
  • Project N°: 777523
  • Total costs: € 5 246 118
  • EU contribution: € 4 998 650
  • Duration: December 2017 to November 2020

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