National PID Roadmap and Strategy

As part of Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030, Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (NORF) is developing a national Persistent Identifier (PID) Roadmap. To help deliver this, NORF has commissioned the MoreBrains Cooperative to conduct a review and analysis of the PID landscape in Ireland, with two key outputs: a PID cost-benefit analysis for Ireland, designed to determine and demonstrate the role and impact of PID adoption in Ireland; and a National PID Strategy and Roadmap for Ireland. A PID Task Force of key stakeholder representatives, appointed by and chaired by NORF, is overseeing this work.

This page will provide information about the project as it develops over the period of October 2023 to June 2024, including how to engage as a stakeholder in the Irish research community

A survey was conducted from 11 November to 12 December 2023 to help NORF understand the current state of PID usage among scholarly communications stakeholders in Ireland. We are grateful to have received responses from multiple organisations with key stakeholder groups from across the Irish research ecosystem, including some overseas organisations that serve the community. MoreBrains has completed the analysis and is incorporating feedback from our core group. We look forward to sharing the findings in the near future. We are also developing an engagement plan and are in the process of organising events such as focus groups, a workshop and webinars to engage stakeholders.
Current members of the PIDs Task Force are:
  • Lisa Griffith, Director at the Digital Repository of Ireland
  • Deirdre Quinn, Senior Manager – Research and Research Policy at the Higher Education Authority
  • Susan Reilly, Director at Irish Research eLibrary (IReL)
  • Frances Madden, Assistant Head of Library Services: Research Services at TU Dublin
  • Beth Knazook, Project Manager at the Digital Repository of Ireland
  • Cillian Joy, Head of Open and Digital Research at the University of Galway
  • Catherine Ferris, Open Scholarship Officer at Irish Research eLibrary (IReL)
  • Jenny O’ Neill, Research Engagement Officer at HEAnet.
The project is expected to complete by July 2024, and we are planning a series of virtual and in-person events to provide an update on our progress and to gather additional feedback. We warmly invite you to join us — all events are free to attend, and registration is required.
We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Thursday 2 May 2.30 – 3.30pm: How the Irish Research Community Can Benefit from Widespread PID Adoption
This community webinar is timed to coincide with publication of MoreBrains’ report, Efficiency and insight: A cost-benefit analysis for a central service to support persistent identifier implementation in the Republic of Ireland. Learn about the methodology, process, and high-level findings of this cost benefit analysis, commissioned as part of the PID strategy roadmap.
Speakers: Lisa Griffith, NORF & Phill Jones, MoreBrains Cooperative
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Friday 17 May 10.30am – 3.30pm: Empowering an Irish national PID strategy
This hybrid full-day event will bring together funders, administrators, research data managers, cultural heritage professionals & researchers to discuss the results and actions recommended in the PID strategy roadmap. The goal will be to explore and develop customised engagement approaches for communities in Ireland that have not engaged with PIDs to date, to encourage uptake and ensure appropriate support for community-specific needs and priorities.
Speakers: Josh Brown, MoreBrains Cooperative & Beth Knazook, Digital Repository of Ireland
Venue: Royal Irish Academy & online
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Thursday 6 June 2.00 – 3.00pm: Developing a national PID strategy in consultation with the Irish research community
Community consultation is at the heart of any successful community initiative. In this webinar you’ll hear what was learned during the community consultations undertaken as the national PID strategy has been developed, and have a chance to share your own feedback.
Speaker: Alice Meadows, MoreBrains Cooperative
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Tuesday 25 June 2.00 – 3.00pm: Announcing the national PID strategy and roadmap for Ireland
Join this webinar for a high-level overview of the national PID strategy project, including MoreBrains’ recommendations and next steps for the Irish research community.
Speakers: Josh Brown, Phill Jones, & Fiona Murphy, MoreBrains Cooperative
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Registration for all events is free — we look forward to seeing you there!

The National Open Research Forum is a Government of Ireland initiative, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, through the Higher Education Authority