An Exploration of Persistent Identifiers: Use, Value and Future

Time and Place: 27.4.2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, online

Target Groups: Researchers from all disciplines and research support staff

Language: English


Persistent identifiers (PIDs) play a key role in the FAIR (re)use of research data and are not without reason mentioned explicitly in the FAIR principles: F1. (Meta)data are assigned a globally unique and persistent identifier. Research data should be Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable but first we have to be able to Find it. Globally unique and persistent identifiers are essential to remove ambiguity in the meaning of published data and provide machine-readable metadata. However, PIDs are not only assigned to data sets and publications but are relevant to all aspects of the research life cycle including researchers, grants and organisations. In this webinar, we will discuss the use of PIDs for researchers on a practical level and mainly focus on the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID ID), and the registration of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for data sets and other publications. We will further examine the importance of PIDs for researchers and the (international) research infrastructure by taking a closer look at the digitisation project RIS Synergy. RIS Synergy creates the sustainable foundation for digitising the Austrian research landscape: 15 partner institutions develop open interfaces for access and exchange between the systems of funding organisations, research institutions and the public administration.


Alicia Fátima Gómez, TU Wien. Alicia Gómez is Head of Scientometrics and Data Visualisation at the TU Wien Bibliothek. She manages the DOI Service Austria (Datacite) and, together with the University of Vienna, the ORCID Austria Consortia. She also provides support and training in research evaluation, metrics and several aspects related to open science and RDM.

Christian Gumpenberger, University of Vienna. Christian Gumpenberger has a Doctor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the Danube University Krems. He was Head of the Department of Public Services and Reference Librarians at the University Library of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and also ran his own information consultancy business focussing on project management in the field of new trends in scholarly communication. Since 2020 he is Head of Bibliometrics and Publication Strategies at the University of Vienna.

Sabine Neff, TU Wien. Sabine Neff is responsible for the research information systems at TU Wien. She is the project lead of the digitization project RIS Synergy, where standardized data interfaces are implemented and a concept study for an Austrian national research portal is conducted. Furthermore, she manages the interuniversitary cooperation Cluster Forschungsdaten, where synergies between the three projects FAIR Data Austria, ADLS Austria and RIS Synergy are bundled and cooperation between Austrian research institutions is coordinated

Vanessa Erat, University of Klagenfurt. Vanessa Erat is a project coordinator for RIS Synergy at the University of Klagenfurt. She helps support and faciliate various work packages, including the project’s PR team. Vanessa has a Master’s degree in English and American Studies from the University of Klagenfurt and is a Fulbright alumna (Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, University of Oklahoma 2018-2019).

Elena Fürst, University of Vienna. Elena Fürst works as a project manager for the FAIR Data Austria project. She is responsible for developing RDM training concepts and materials based on qualitative and quantitative studies and needs assessments. She is also part of the digitization project RIS Synergy, where she is involved in implementing standardized data interfaces and conducting a concept study for an Austrian national research portal.

Madeleine Harbich, University of Vienna. Madeleine Harbich is project manager for RIS Synergy and several other projects at the University of Vienna. She is specialist in communications and public relations, is part of the PRIDE Network Association for professionals in doctoral education  and is managing director of her own PR and multimedia agency Frau Zuckerguss.

Webinar Series

The event series “Research Data Management in Austria” is aimed at researchers and / or people involved in research support and serves to promote networking and exchange on the topic of research data management, writing a data management plan and similar related topics.


Video recording an presentation slides of the webinar “An Exploration of Persistent Identifiers: Use, Value and Futur”, 27.04.2022, University of Vienna/Ris Synergy: