Open Science South Asian Network and JRD Tata Memorial Library, IISc Bangalore in collaboration with DataCite

Invites you to a virtual workshop on

Unlocking repositories through persistent identifiers (PIDs): Enabling open research practices


Institutional repositories (IRs) play an important role in supporting open research practices by making various research outputs such as datasets, preprints and reports more accessible, discoverable, and citable. Using persistent identifiers (PIDs) for research outputs can maximize the discoverability and support in making research data FAIR. PIDs are unique and permanent identifiers that can be used to identify and cite research outputs over time. This is important for open research because it allows researchers to share their work with others and to track its impact.

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which is a type of PID, can be assigned and used for various research outputs (beyond the journal article) such as datasets, research software, dissertations, grants, peer review reports, and the list goes on. DOIs are persistent, unique, and machine-readable. Once DOIs are registered, it’s easy to find and cite them. 

In this workshop, we are going to cover the following elements that could be useful for repository managers, researchers, librarians, and policymakers:

·             Introduction to persistent identifiers (PIDs) and their importance

·             Making your institution’s research data FAIR

·             The value of integrating repositories with DOIs

·             DataCite’s Global Access Program role in fostering PID adoption worldwide

Overall, institutional repositories are a vital tool for supporting open research practices. By providing PIDs, repositories can support making research data FAIR and enhance the visibility of various research outputs. This can help in making research more widely available to the public and fostering the transition towards a more Open Research landscape!

Speaker details:

Gabriela Mejias, Community & Program Manager, DataCite

Gabi is our Community Manager and leads DataCite participation in the European Commission funded project: FAIR-IMPACT. She also leads the Global Access Program. As part of our Engagement team, she contributes to our outreach efforts and collaborates with our broader community. Gabi also volunteers in many scholarly communication organizations and initiatives to promote open research. Before joining DataCite, she worked at ORCID focusing on community engagement, driving membership and adoption across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and within ORCID consortia.

Mohamad Mostafa, Regional Engagement Specialist: Middle East and Asia, DataCite

Mohamad joined DataCite in June 2023 as a Regional Engagement Specialist for the Middle East and Asia. He works with the community to build more openness and trust in scholarly infrastructure and supports emerging communities transition towards Open Research and implementing its principles. Mohamad has participated in launching the ORCID Arabic interface to the Arab world and served as a volunteer Crossref Ambassador for the MENA region. Mohamad is based in Dubai (UAE) and he is passionate about Open Science and has been raising awareness among the research community.

Dr Francis Jayakant, Scientific Officer, JRD Tata Library, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

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