May 19, 2022

Persistent Identifiers: A Review of THOR’s First Year

From the Project Thor Blog:

2016-08-04_12-03-54In the THOR vision, persistent identifiers are the default. They are the new normal. And they are interlinked and embedded in the services that researchers use every day. They help researchers to get clear unambiguous credit for the full range of their work – articles, data, software, and more. They enable data centres, universities and funders to track the impact of the research that they enable. They enable publishers to fully incorporate data into scholarly communications. They support a new research infrastructure.

Taken together, this means better evidence-based research and credit where it is due.

The THOR partners are working to make this vision a reality.  We’ve made healthy progress. The THOR Dashboard helps to track activity in the persistent identifier space. If you visit it, you can see the month-to-month progress from years of data.

Read the Complete “Year 1 in Review” Blog Post (Approx. 600 words)

See Also: About Project THOR

THOR is a 30 month project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. It will establish seamless integration between articles, data, and researchers across the research lifecycle. This will create a wealth of open resources and foster a sustainable international e-infrastructure. The result will be reduced duplication, economies of scale, richer research services, and opportunities for innovation.


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