What do you expect to achieve in this project?
Modern science, and research in all subject areas, generates ever-increasing amounts of digital data, with analysis through complex processes involving many systems and levels of human involvement. Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) are essential to refer precisely and unambiguously to all of these resources and entities, allowing their discovery and reuse. Not only digital objects, but also real-world entities such as organisations (like universities), research equipment and researchers themselves must also be identified and linked together in the network of modern digital science. The FREYA project is developing a robust, sustainable environment for Persistent Identifiers into an essential component of the research infrastructure.
How will European citizens benefit from this project, both from the technology developments it accomplishes as well as the scientific breakthroughs it may achieve?
FREYA’s infrastructure of Persistent Identifiers is essential to the enterprise of Open Science, helping to make the entire process of research accessible and transparent by allowing the precise and long-term identification of research resources and actors. This has many advantages, including enhancing reproducibility of research, and allowing due credit to researchers and others involved in the research process when their outputs (data, equipment, publications) are reused. The long-term sustainability of the Persistent identifier infrastructure will protect the investment in research and accelerate future innovation through enhanced discoverability and reuse of research resources.
Is EU funding important for the European research? How has it contributed to your projects/careers/success?
Well-established Persistent Identifiers such as DOIs (for scientific publications and data) and ORCIDs (for researchers themselves) already exist and are widely used. EU funding makes a vision of these and other types of Persistent Identifiers possible; whether already existing or yet to be developed, they are to be taken forward and developed into a sustainable component of the European and global research infrastructure with a unifying vision. In addition, EU funding also attracts international involvement to broaden the scope even further—the FREYA project includes several partners from outside Europe who are interested in being part of the vision of FREYA.
What are you going to exhibit at ICT2018? What should visitors expect to see/experience upon visiting your booth?
The FREYA team will illustrate how the scientific research process can be enhanced through linking together networks of Persistent Identifiers (the “PID Graph”) to add value in real-world application areas and enhance Open Science. Visitors will be challenged to think about the needs for Persistent Identifiers and about the possible range of Persistent Identifiers that could respond to the emerging challenges of research in a wide range of subject areas.