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Why do PIDs matter?

The effective integration of persistent identifiers in research and research management workflows will accelerate Australian research and innovation by reducing administrative overhead.

In 2022, the ARDC contracted MoreBrains Cooperative to undertake a cost benefit analysis that found that the implementation of persistent identifiers could save $24 million per year just by reducing the need to the same information in more than once.

Links within Australia

The Australian Universities Accord Final Report (released February 2024) outlined the value of persistent identifiers in establishing a new National Research Evaluation and Impact Framework that could help identify the benefits of research for various stakeholders, including government, industry and the community as well as researchers and universities.

The draft National Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy (released October 2023) establishes a vision that, by 2030, persistent identifiers and the National Persistent Identifier Strategy will help ensure that Australia’s national digital research infrastructure ecosystem will have consistent standards for data collection, curation and access.

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia’s Decadal Plan for Social Science Research Infrastructure 2024-33 (released March 2024) expressed the need for national data standards for social science research, including the use of persistent identifiers.

Around the world

Australia does not operate in isolation - it is part of a global research and innovation system. The Research Data Alliance is an umbrella organisation for myriad working groups and interest groups that develop recommendations on research data standards. One such group is the National PID Strategies Interest Group.

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