Presenting FREYA Results: Realising the EOSC
Nov 30, 2020   Ricarda Braukmann (DANS)

The FREYA project is coming to an end in november 2020 and this is the time to present an overview of the project’s results and achievements.

Together with our sister-projects EOSC-Hub and SSHOC, FREYA organized a conference in the week of the 16th november 2020 which we used to showcase the project’s results and discuss their uptake and sustainability....

A New Home for the PID Forum at NISO
Nov 24, 2020   Alice Meadows (NISO)

As the FREYA project draws to a close, one of the team’s final actions was finding a new home for the PID Forum — the online platform for the PID community that was launched at PIDapalooza 2019. Following a competitive tender process earlier this year, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is delighted to have been chosen to host what we are thinking of as the PID Forum 2.0. And, in a nice symmetry, the official transit...

DataCite Commons at your service
Nov 04, 2020   Martin Fenner (repost from DataCite Blog)

DataCite and the FREYA project partners are proud to announce the official launch of DataCite Commons today. DataCite Commons is the web interface to explore the PID Graph, formed by the publications, datasets, research software, and other research outputs generated by researchers working at research institutions and supported by grant funding (???). The PID Graph depe...

Open identifiers for open research: building a national strategy for PID adoption in the UK
Oct 29, 2020   Christopher Brown, Senior Co-Design Manager, Jisc, Josh Brown and Alice Meadows, MoreBrains Consulting Cooperative.

A number of organisations and government bodies have recognised the need for a joined-up PID strategy, including the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) in Brazil, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) in Portugal, and others. In the UK

PIDs for historic literature
Oct 07, 2020   Nicole Kearney (BHL)

My passion for persistent identifiers (PIDs) really only began in 2014, when I started working with material that sits outside the PID graph: I manage the Australian branch of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the world’s largest online repository of biodiversity heritage literature.

The PID graph consisting of DOIs and ORCIDs has revolutionised modern publishing, enabling researchers and organisations to permanently locate, cite, link, connect, share and track all elements of scholarly research. However, ...

Sep 30, 2020   Luc Boruta (repost from Luc's Blog)

Knowledge graphs use the best practices in graph modeling and network analysis to explore interlinked entities and their relationships. Scientific knowledge graphs build upon these principles to represent all kinds of scholarly knowledge, including but not limited to citations between publications, contributorship links between researchers and their works, and versioning information for datasets and software artifacts.

In order to make FREYA’s PID Graph interact with the web at large, Cobaltmetrics’ URI transmutation API now interlinks with DataCite’s GraphQL API to discover even mo...

To PID or not to PID? That is the question
Sep 21, 2020   Dr Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg (The Open University, UK)

As an ethnomusicologist (essentially an anthropologist of music) and senior research impact and knowledge exchange manager with a passion for open research, I spend a lot of time thinking about how new technologies influence human behaviours and thinking.

During my ponderings I have asked myself how Persistent Identifiers (PIDS) implemented at scale have the potential to significantly influence researcher and other behaviours and therefore also the creation of new knowledge and the disciplinary formats that this new knowledge takes.

In theory at least, an increased use of PI...

When is a persistent identifier not persistent? Or an identifier?
Sep 08, 2020   Jez Cope (repost from the BL Digital Scholarship Blog)

Ever wondered what that bar code on the back of every book is? It’s an ISBN: an International Standard Book Number. Every modern book published has an ISBN, which uniquely identifies that book, and an...

DataCite Commons - Exploiting the Power of PIDs and the PID Graph
Aug 31, 2020   Martin Fenner (repost from DataCite Blog)

Today DataCite is proud to announce the launch of DataCite Commons, available at DataCite Commons is a discovery service that enables simple searches while giving users a comprehensive overview of connections between entities in the research landscape. This means that DataCite members registering DOIs with us will have easier access to information about the use of their DOIs and can discover and track connections between their DOIs...

Launching the PID Services Registry - A Webinar
Jul 29, 2020   Frances Madden (British Library)

On 8 July Project FREYA held a webinar to launch the PID Services Registry, a service which allows users to find services built on persistent identifiers (PIDs) from a range of technology providers and across disciplinary areas. The webinar provided interested users a chance to see a demonstration, hear about the criteria for inclusion in the Registry and how to have a service added to it.

Following a brief introduction, Richard Hallett from DataCite demonstrated the service available at

Meet the FREYA Ambassadors: Melroy Almeida
Jul 13, 2020   Melroy Almeida (Australian Access Federation)

FREYA counts on a very active group of ambassadors. We wish to introduce them here in the series: Meet the FREYA Ambassadors. This time you can read about Melroy Almeida and his experience at PIDapalooza 2020 in Lisbon. 


Early this year, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Lisbon, Portugal for PIDapalooza 2020 also known as the “festival of persistent identifiers” for the uninitiated. This was made possible due to Project FREYA and their ambassador program. While I have attended a number of research conferences, it is at PIDapal...

Introducing the PID Services Registry
Jun 29, 2020   Richard Hallet (repost from DataCite Blog)

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new persistent identifier (PID) services registry available at, a new service to find services built upon different PIDs from core technology providers and those who integrate from across a variety of disciplinary areas. This is a combined effort across multiple organizations as part of the EC-funded FREYA project grant (777523) with the aim of furthering discoverability of PIDs and the services th...

PID services are a fundamental building block of the EOSC
Jun 11, 2020   Rene van Horik (DANS), Ricarda Braukman (DANS), Artemis Lavasa (CERN), Simon Lambert (STFC)

The European Open Science Cloud is now entering its implementation phase. Several projects, including EOSC-hub and FREYA, contribute to the development of this large scale infrastructure.  EOSC-hub by creating a hub of services and FREYA by focusing on persistent identifiers (PIDs), a key requirement of making data FAIR. The EOSC-hub week 2020, an online event organised from 18 to 20 May and attended by over 5...

Repost: Global grant IDs in Europe PMC
Jun 09, 2020   Christine Ferguson
In September 2019 we welcomed the first open, global grant IDs to Europe PMC. Wellcome became the first funder to register DOIs for their grant awards with Crossref. Grant metadata is provided by Europe PMC, and in a pilot integration, the grant IDs were featured in a PLOS ONE publication. This is a very exciting development that will hopefully make it easier to effectively track the impact of research funding. So what is the big news about?


Powering the PID Graph: announcing the DataCite GraphQL API
May 06, 2020   Martin Fenner (repost from DataCite Blog)

Today DataCite launches a new API that powers the PID Graph, the graph formed by scholarly resources described by persistent identifiers (PIDs) and the connections between them. The API is powered by GraphQL, a widely adopted Open Source technology that enables queries of this graph, addressing use cases of our community in ways that were not possible before.

We launched a pre-release version of the API in May 2019 [Fenner (2019)], and have used the last 12 months to im...

Meet the FREYA Ambassadors: Dror Berger
Apr 30, 2020   Dror Berger, Inter-University Computation Centre (IUCC)

FREYA counts on a very active group of ambassadors. We wish to introduce them here in the series: Meet the FREYA Ambassadors. This time you can read about Dror Berger.  


What is your role in the world of PIDs?

I started working with PIDs in 2001, when I joined the IUCC and my initial role was a database analyst for the ULI, the union list of resources in all Israeli academic libraries, led by Prof. Elhanan Adler. Matching resources which lack identifiers is even harder in Hebrew, in which a single word can be spelled in several ways (with/without some/all of the vo...

Repost: The value of ORCID iDs in enabling digital identity on a global scale: Report from the OECD
Apr 29, 2020   Repost from ORCID website

Digital identity and research collaboration

The report identifies four core factors that enable digital transformation of research: (1) use of digital scientific collaboration and productivity tools; (2) development and management of digital access to data and code; (3) use of advanced, computing oriented, digital tools; and (4) digital identity in online environments and communication of scientific work.

A key aspect of the research community is its global interconnectivity. As challenges such as the COVID pandemic are clearly highlighting, digitalization is both an enabl...

15th RDA Plenary: Not down under for three days but up online for three weeks
Apr 06, 2020   Ricarda Braukmann (DANS)

This year’s spring RDA plenary meeting was supposed to take place in Australia, but due to the global COVID-19 crisis the meeting has been cancelled just like most of our planned events.

Luckily, we live in the digital age and the RDA did an incredible job to set up an online event that we all can join from our home offices. Instead of coming together for three days on 18-20th of March, the 15th RDA plenary has spread out virtual activities over three weeks: from the 18th of March to the 9...

FREYA and the many hands that make data work
Mar 10, 2020   Frances Madden, British Library

‘Collective Curation: the many hands that make data work’ was the theme of the 15th International Digital Curation Conference held in Dublin last month. Held in a stadium, Croke Park, lots of attendees were delighted to see the DCC’s Curation Lifecycle Model in on the big sports screen, a big change from match scores. Throughout the two days full of talks about all aspects of digital curation practices and skills, FREYA was well represented with a demonstrator of the PID Graph and a paper from the British Library on extending the PID Graph in their datasets collection.


An Intergalactic Federation of PID Providers?
Mar 03, 2020   Frances Madden and Torsten Reimer, British Library

Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are a key component of the global research environment. While some PID services have made fantastic advancements, the persistent identifier environment overall is still far from being sustainable and mature. The EU-funded FREYA project is a community effort to grow and sustain the global PID infrastructure. Now in its last year, the project is focusing on improving coordination and sustainability across PIDs in the research environment.

At the international PID conference PIDapalooza 2020, a...

PIDapalooza 2020 in Lisbon
Feb 24, 2020   Ricarda Braukmann (DANS)

2020 started off well for PID-lovers because it was time for PIDapalooza again. This year, the fourth edition of the open festival of Persistent Identifiers was held in Lisbon. Of course FREYA partners were there and mingled with about 200 other festival visitors to present recent work and discuss and exchange ideas. 

#PIDapalooza2020 was opened with the traditional lighting of the eternal flame and a taste of Portug...

Repost: Report on Recommendations for Services in a FAIR data ecosystem
Feb 20, 2020   Repost openAIRE website

Last year OpenAIRE ran three workshops around services to support FAIR data, designed to explore, discuss and propose recommendations on how existing data infrastructures can evolve and collaborate to provide services that support the implementation of FAIR data Principles, in particular in the context of building the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).  Based on these workshops a report was released  putting forward recommendations for data and infrastructure services provid...

Meet the FREYA Ambassadors: George Duimovich
Feb 18, 2020   George Duimovich, Carleton University, MacOdrum Library

FREYA counts on a very active group of ambassadors. We wish to introduce them here in the series: Meet the FREYA Ambassadors. This time you can read about George Duimovich. 

What is your role in the world of PIDs?

I led a number of key initiatives supporting PID use & adoption at Carleton University, including DOI, author ID, and org ID initiatives.  Our approach has been to be broad and reasonably agnostic in our identifier strategies, understanding that PID e...

Meet the FREYA partners: PLOS
Feb 13, 2020   Dan Morgan

Many different organisations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about PLOS.

What is the mission of your organisation?

PLOS is a nonprofit, Open Access publisher. We publish seven journals: PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and, of course, PLOS ONE. 


Communicating your research online - the how and why for historians
Jan 23, 2020   Jonathan Blaney (Institute of Historical Research), Frances Madden (British Library), Francesca Morselli (DANS), Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

 On 4 December 2019, the FREYA project in collaboration with UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, Institute of Historical Research, the British Library and DARIAH-EU organized a workshop in London on identifiers in research. In particular this workshop - mainly directed to histor...

PID Graph enriches information in Dutch research portal NARCIS.
Jan 21, 2020   Chris Baars (DANS) & Ricarda Braukmann (DANS)

Within FREYA, DANS has been working on a PID Graph demonstrator to enrich information displayed in NARCIS. NARCIS is the Dutch national portal for information about researchers and their work, and it contains information about publications, datasets, scientists, research projects, and organizations.

As such, NARCIS itself already contains many PIDs as they are included in ...

Repost: A Note of Thanks from ROR
Dec 11, 2019   Repost from ROR blog

The blog post is a repost from the ROR blog available at:

By Maria Gould | December 2, 2019

As we announced previously, ROR launched a fundraising campaign in October to ensure the registry’s long-term sustainability. We are grateful for the community supporters who have already contributed to this campaign. The first round of supporters was announced a couple of weeks ago. We are excited in this...

Meet the FREYA partners: Crossref
Nov 25, 2019   Rachael Lammey (Crossref)

Many different organisations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about Crossref.

What is the mission of your organisation?

Crossref is a not-for-profit membership organization that exists to make scholarly communications better. We rally the community; tag and share metadata; run an open infrastructure; play with technology; and make tools and services—all to help put scholarly content in context.

Our core business is metadata. We are sustained ...

Meet the FREYA partners: ORCID
Nov 07, 2019   Tom Demeranville, Laurel Haak, and Alice Meadows from ORCID

Many different organisations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about ORCID.

What is the mission of your organisation?

ORCID is part of the wider digital infrastructure needed for researchers to share information on a global scale. We enable transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations by providing an identifier for individuals ...

Presenting ORCID to Brazilian Graduate Students
Oct 21, 2019   Paloma Marín Arraiza (FREYA Ambassador)

Based on the motto “Don’t fill in your ORCID record, optimise processes with it” master’s students and PhD candidates of the Graduate Programme in Information Science (PPGCI) at São Paulo State University (UNESP) learnt about how to use ORCID in their research career.

The PPGCI at UNESP organises an annual forum for students and alumni. This forum offers the possibility to learn more about current research topics, as well as includes workshops about transversal aspects or meta-research — for instance, the use of ORCID iDs.

The workshop consisted of two-hour sessi...

What do you want to know about research software? - Find out at the Software Graph Hackathon
Oct 14, 2019   Frances Madden (British Library)

It is reasonably well known at this point that research software has value and should be treated as a citable output in research but how much software is actually cited and how does it relate to other types of research output? These are just a couple of questions which the Persistent Identifier (PID) Graph can help to answer. The PID Graph is a concept which provides an opportunity to discover the background and relati...

Meet the FREYA partners: ARDC
Oct 02, 2019   Natasha Simons and Adrian Burton (ARDC)

Many different organisations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about ARDC, the Australian Research Data Commons.

What is the mission of your organisation?

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) is a transformational initiative that enables the Australian research community and industry access to nationally significant, leading edge data intensive technical infrastructure, platforms, skills and collections of high-quality data. In partne...

FREYA's experiences at the EOSC workshop in Brussels
Sep 16, 2019   Vasily Bunakov (STFC)

FREYA contributed to the EOSC meeting and workshop in Brussels on 9-10 September organized by two Eurocommission departments: The Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) and Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD). The event was aimed at developing closer links among the projects that contribute to the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). EOSC Secretariat and heads of the EOSC Working Gro...

Meet the FREYA partners: PANGAEA
Aug 14, 2019   Tina Dohna and Ketil Koop-Jakobsen (PANGAEA, MARUM University of Bremen)

 Many different organisations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about PANGAEA, an Open Access library aimed at archiving, publishing and distributing geo-referenced data from earth system research.

What is the mission of your organisation?

The World Data Center PANGAEA is operated as an Open Access li...

The PID Graph within the RDA: FREYA/RDA UK Node Workshop
Aug 01, 2019   Frances Madden (BL)

On Tuesday 16 July, FREYA and the RDA UK Node teamed up for a workshop on persistent identifiers. With almost 70 delegates, hosted at the Wellcome Trust, the event provided a great opportunity for a UK audience to engage with FREYA's work and the role of the project within the RDA and beyond. This event was the second workshop arranged by the UK node of the RDA which is co-ordinated by STFC and JISC. We heard about the various RDA groups which are relevant to persistent identifiers.

The day began with an overview of the PID landscape. First up was Chris Brown from JISC who spoke abo...

Meet the FREYA partners: DataCite
Jul 23, 2019   Helena Cousijn & Robin Dasler (DataCite)

Many different organizations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about DataCite, a leading global non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data. 

What is the mission of your organisation?

DataCite is a leading global non-profit organisation that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data and other research outputs. Through our portfolio o...

Meet the FREYA partners: EMBL-EBI
Jun 27, 2019   Christine Ferguson, Information Scientist (EMBL-EBI) and FREYA Project Lead for Literature Services

Many different organizations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), ‘Europe’s home for big data in biology’.


What is the mission of your organisation?

‘Europe’s home for big data in biology’, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) can be found on the super-slick and shiny Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Camb...

Researchers and Persistent Identifiers: Preserving Data through Accessibility
Jun 11, 2019   Tabish Virani (University College London - MA in Digital Humanities programme)

For three weeks in May 2019, Tabish Virani, a student at University College London’s MA in Digital Humanities programme, had a work placement assisting the FREYA team in compiling training materials for researchers. Here he reflects on what he has learned.

Over the past three weeks, I have had the privilege of taking part in a work placement at the British Library where I assisted with the FREYA project. As a student in UCL’s MA in Digital Humanities program, I have quite the interest in data protection as well as data accessibility. During my time at the British Library I ...

Meet the FREYA partners: CERN
Jun 03, 2019   Sünje Dallmeier-Tiessen (CERN), Artemis Lavasa (CERN), Stephanie van de Sandt‎ (CERN)

Many different organizations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, located on the border of Switzerland and France.

What is the mission of your organisation?

At CERN, our work helps to uncover what the universe is made of and how it works. We do this by providing a unique range of particle accelerator facilities to researc...

Using Jupyter Notebooks with GraphQL and the PID Graph
May 27, 2019   Martin Fenner (repost from DataCite Blog)

Two weeks ago DataCite announced the pre-release version of a GraphQL API Fenner (2019). GraphQL simplifies complex queries that for example want to retrieve information about the authors, funding and data citations for a dataset with a DataCite DOI. These connections together form the PID Graph Fenner & Aryani (2019)], and...

Meet the FREYA partners: DANS
May 06, 2019   Ricarda Braukmann (DANS)

DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services)

What is the mission of your organisation?

DANS is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). DANS promotes sustained access to digital research resources and encourages scientists to make their data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). DANS has three core services: EASY, an online archiving system for long term storage of scientific data. D...

Towards Persistent Identification of Conferences
Apr 18, 2019   Aliaksandr Birukou (Springer Nature), Stephanie van de Sandt‎ (CERN), Artemis Lavasa (CERN), Sünje Dallmeier-Tiessen (CERN)

Belongs to blog post Towards Persistent Identification of Conferences.

Conference talks are a key element in scholarly communication. It is the primary mechanism for sharing research results and getting feedback. However, conferences in most disciplines never reached the same level of maturity as traditional journal publications in terms...

Exposing DOI metadata provenance
Apr 11, 2019   Repost from DataCite Blog

This is blog post was originally published on the DataCite blog written by Martin Fenner on April 4 2019 and is available here:


DOI metadata provenance is describing the history of a particular DOI metadata record, i.e. what changes were made when and by whom. This information is now stored and provided via an API for all DOI registrations since March 10, 2019.

The following provenance information is now available via a new /activities REST API ...

Introducing the PID Graph
Mar 28, 2019   Martin Fenner (DataCite) & Amir Aryani (Swinburne University)


Everything is connected


Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are not only important to uniquely identify a publication, dataset, or person, but the metadata for these persistent identifiers can provide ...

Meet the FREYA partners: The British Library
Mar 20, 2019   Frances Madden (BL)

Many different organizations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about The British Library.

What is the mission of your organisation?
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and is the largest
national library in the world in term of catalogue items. It is a legal deposit library so
receives a copy of every publication in the UK and Ireland, around 8000 per day. It is
also a major research library and holds a vast collection of ma...

Link Checking - Enabling PID Resolution Services
Mar 19, 2019   Robin Dasler (DataCite)

As part of our ramp up to developing the PID Graph, FREYA partners have worked on providing reliable and scalable PID resolution services with support for particular functionality important to our project partners in various disciplines. One example of such functionality is support for link checking.

What do we mean by link checking?

When we talk about link checking, we're really talking about automatic verification of the URL that is contained in a PID's meta...

Work through your PID problems on the PID Forum
Mar 13, 2019   Repost from Crossref Blog

This is blog post was originally published on the Crossref blog written by Helena Cousijn, Rachael Lammey and Alice Meadows on February 21 2019.

As self-confessed PID nerds, we’re big fans of a persistent identifier. However, we’re also conscious that the uptake and use of PIDs isn’t a done deal, and there are things that challenge how broadly these are adopted by the community.

At PIDapalooza (an annual festival of PIDs) in ...

Meet the FREYA partners: STFC
Mar 04, 2019   Simon Lambert (STFC)

Many different organizations are involved in FREYA and in this blog post series we take a closer look at the partners and their work. This time you can read about STFC, The Science and Technology Facilities Council (part of UK Research and Innovation).

What is the mission of your organisation?

STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation in the UK. As well as funding research in the fields of astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics, STFC operates large-scale facilities for use by researchers, includ...

Announcing the first ROR prototype and next steps
Feb 14, 2019   Repost from DataCite Blog

Repost from the DataCite Blog written by Maria Gould on February 11, 2019 available at


What has hundreds of heads, 91,000 affiliations, and roars like a lion? If you guessed the Research Organization Registry community, you’d be absolutely right!

Last month was a big and busy one for the ROR project team: we released a working API and search interface for the registry, we held our first ROR community meeting, and we showcased the initial prototypes at PIDapalooza in Dublin...

PIDapalooza 2019: Building a global PID community
Feb 04, 2019   Ricarda Braukmann (DANS)

Picture of the PID Forum Button (I love PIDs) for the PIDapalooza19 blog postThis year’s destination of PIDapalooza, the relatively new but already famous persistent identifier festival, was Dublin and many partners from FREYA travelled to Ireland to present their work. For us, this year’s edition of PIDapalooza largely revolved around the launch of pidfo...

Free for Everyone, Always: The ORCID Public API and Data File
Jan 29, 2019   Repost from ORCID Blog

This is blog post was originally published on the ORCID Blog by Alice Meadows on Fri, 2019-01-11 04:38 and is available at:

As part of our commitment to openness, we have a public API that is available for community use, and we also release an annual snapshot of publicly available data in the ORCID Registry. We’re always excited to learn about interesting ways these too...

Data Citation: Connecting articles and datasets.
Jan 16, 2019   Helena Cousijn (DataCite) and Rachael Lammey (Crossref)

The FREYA project is all about connecting different identifiers to improve discovery, navigation, retrieval, and access of research resources. One important connection people think and talk about a lot is the connection between articles and datasets. On the side of articles, this connection is usually established through data citation: authors citing datasets that underlie the research in their article. On the side of data repositories, the connection is made when researchers add informati...

FREYA participation in ICT 2018 exhibition
Dec 10, 2018   Ketil Koop-Jakobsen (PANGAEA)

From December 4-6th 2018, FREYA was represented at the ICT 2018 exhibition in Vienna in the European Commission Village. FREYA participated in a joint booth with other EC-funded projects working on advancing Open Science; the EOSC-hub, OpenAIRE and RDA Europe. This gave us the opportunity to present the vision of FREYA in a larger perspective, and how our work fulfills an important niche in Open Science. Many people stopped by the booth for a chat about recent developments and perspectives on Open Science in Europe, and many questions revolved around how to move Open Science forward....

Digital Objects, Identifiers and the recently published Digital Object Interface Protocol (DOIP)
Nov 20, 2018   René van Horik (DANS)

Dr. Robert Kahn, the inventor of the TCP/IP protocol and one of the internet pioneers, gave a keynote at a workshop on Digital Objects organized by the “Group of European Data Experts in RDA[1]” late September.

His presentation concerned the Digital Object Architecture (DOA) in which identifiers undeniably play an important role. As the TCP/IP protocol describes the exchange of meaningless messages between devices with an IP address the need to exchange meaningful Digital Objects[2] became apparent early on and for which a ...

The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives goes PID
Nov 08, 2018   Brigitte Hausstein (GESIS), Kerrin Borschewski (GESIS), René van Horik (DANS) & Birger Jerlehag (SND)

Compared to other disciplines, data archives have a long tradition in the social sciences. Their cooperation goes back to the 1970ties and they have good prerequisites and vast experiences to support the publication of the research data. In 2017 the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) got the status of an European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). It has sixteen members and each of them assigns a national Service Provider (SP), e.g. the GESIS Data Archive (Germany), Data Archiving and ...

PIDapalooza competition winner!
Nov 06, 2018   Barbara Lemon (British Library)

Nicole Kearney of Melbourne, Australia, will be heading to Dublin in January 2019 to join other PID enthusiasts and FREYA project members for three days of talking, sharing and troubleshooting PIDs.

Nicole is manager of the Australian branch of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and spends a significant proportion of her time running training for libraries and publishers across Australia and New Zealand with a focus on digitisation and Open Access. Her competition entry raised the issue of registering DOIs for historic literature an...

FREYA @ FORCE2018: making PIDs work for you
Oct 29, 2018   Helena Cousijn (DataCite)

FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that helps facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Their annual meetings (this year: FORCE2018) aim to bring different stakeholders to the table for an open discussion about changing the ways scholarly and scientific information is communicated, shared and used. ...

Join FREYA partners at Digital Infrastructures for Research 2018
Oct 04, 2018   Christine Ferguson (EMBL-EBI)

This month the annual DI4R meeting takes place in Lisbon on the theme ‘Challenges for Research Communities around Open Science’. The conference will bring together stakeholders across the scholarly research community in Europe to talk about Open science.


FREYA colleagues, Christine Ferguson, at the EMBL-EBI, in Hinxton (UK), Eliane Fankhauser, at DANS (The Netherlands), Simon Lambert and Brian Matthews both at th...

FREYA in practice: Linking research output in the Dutch national science portal
Aug 30, 2018   Ricarda Braukmann & Chris Baars (DANS-KNAW)

One of the FREYA partners is DANS, the Netherlands institute for permanent access to digital research resources. DANS provides several services for the research community, including the national portal for scientific information, NARCIS. This portal provides information on Dutch (open access) publications, datasets, researchers, scientific institutes and projects.

Linking datasets and publications

Within FREYA, DANS is working on improving the connections between the di...

Engaging with FREYA: five ways to stay up to date about the project’s developments
Jul 17, 2018   Eliane Fankhauser & Ricarda Braukmann (DANS-KNAW)

The FREYA project runs now for a bit over half a year and our team is working hard on extending and improving the infrastructure for persistent identifiers (PIDs). To keep the community informed about FREYA’s work and progress, we use several social media channels for dissemination.

These are five ways to follow us and stay up to date:


[1] Website: Our most important communication medium is our project we...

Introduction to the FREYA Ambassadors’ Programme
Jul 09, 2018   Sarah Steward (British Library)

May 3rd, 2018 saw the launch of the FREYA Ambassadors’ programme, via an introductory webinar hosted by the British Library. The FREYA Ambassadors programme will continue and expand on the Ambassador programme introduced by the earlier THOR project. Engaging with the community is a core principle of the FREYA Project and the Ambassadors’ programme will ensure a close dialogue with that community.

Simon Lambert (STFC, 0000-0001-9570-8121) opened the webinar with an introduction to the FREYA project from a global perspective, introdu...

FREYA at the ORCID Nordics workshop
Jun 25, 2018   Simon Lambert

Simon Lambert from STFC gave the keynote talk at the ORCID Nordics workshop held in Helsinki on 29 May 2018, introducing the FREYA project to an audience of ORCID users. He explained the context of FREYA in the global and European e-infrastructure, and introduced the PID Graph, which is fundamental to FREYA. The idea of PIDs forming a connected graph is not new itself, but FREYA aims to provide services at different levels for the construction and navigation of the graph as a fundamental part of the e-infrastructure.

Other talks emphasized the growing importance of identifying fundi...

Linking as the common factor: FREYA at the 11th RDA Plenary
Mar 29, 2018   Ricarda Braukmann (DANS-KNAW)

The new secretary general of the RDA, Hilary Hanahoe, chose to open the 11th plenary  in Berlin with a poetic comparison. Like an orchestra, she said, the members are a collective group of passionates who play for their audiences everywhere in the world. After some jokes about the still not finished new airport Berlin-Tegel by the local and the national State Secretary and an engaging panel discussion during which Klaus Tochtermann (ZWB) stated that partners are working hard not to let the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) become the European Open Science Chao...

PIDapalooza 2018: A PID for everything and everything in its PID
Feb 28, 2018   the FREYA team
PIDapalooza 2018: A PID for everything and everything in its PID

The second PIDapalooza Festival, co-organised by California Digital Library, Crossref, DataCite, and ORCID, took place from 23-24 January 2018 in Girona, Spain, with 180+ participants from 23 countries and six continents. FREYA team members were there, and lots of the discussions were relevant for the project. Here we report on just a few points of interest - most presentations are available via the Figshare repository.


As a festival for pe...

FREYA at the EUDAT Conference in Porto, January 2018
Feb 15, 2018   Simon Lambert (STFC)

The final conference of the EUDAT2020 project project took place in Porto from 22 to 25 January. The event, titled "Putting the EOSC vision into practice", showcased the results of the EUDAT2020 project and was a forum for presenting and discussing the latest trends in data infrastructure and data management solutions for research.  FREYA was represented in a talk by the project coordinator Simon Lambert as part of a session on ‘Computing e-infrastructure with extreme large datasets’. Of course FREYA is not specifically concerned with such very large datasets, but they have implicatio...