The EC-funded project THOR – Technical and Human infrastructure for Open Research – has been working towards a cultural change for quite some time. The 30-month project started in June 2015 and is building capacity by providing training materials and organizing workshops on implementing and using persistent identifiers (PIDs) such as ORCID iDs and DOIs. This interesting information came to us from the ORCID blog in their post, “Building the human infrastructure: Project THOR Year 1.”

In the middle of this alphabet soup, there has been a lot of working take place. Participants have learned how to integrate PIDs within their research systems, they have learned how to search in Europe PMC using an ORCID iD, and how to submit data via submission forms and automatically link the data to their ORCID iD. The project has also developed a number of tools and documents to further increase and improve the interoperability of PIDs.

The THOR partners have also identified further research opportunities that will be explored and addressed in the coming year. A need to implement improved and structured data publishing workflows has been identified as well.

Melody K. Smith

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