May 27, 2022

Conference Paper: “Identifiers and Use Case in Scientific Research”

The following paper will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016 taking place August 3-19, 2016 in Columbus, OH.


Identifiers and Use Case in Scientific Research


Thomas Gillespie Neurosciences
University of California, San Diego

Qian Zhang
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chelakara S. Subramanian
Florida Institute of Technology

Yan Han
University of Arizona



The authors have broad representations across of a variety of domains including Oceanography, Aerospace Engineering, Astronomy, Neurosciences, and Libraries. The article is intended to: a) discuss the key concepts related to identifiers and define identifiers; b) explore characteristics of good and bad identifiers in general, along with an overview of popular identifiers; c) demonstrate a use case in a scientific domain of using identifiers via the data lifecycle; c) raise awareness of data collection, data analysis and data sharing for raw and post-processing data for data producers and data users. It is inevitable for multiple identifiers to co-exist in the data lifecycle, as the case study shows different needs of data producers and data users.

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