Program Leader for Persistent Identifier Communities
Strategist, Research and Scholarly Communication
ORCID US Community Specialist
In the last several years, open research infrastructure best practices have blossomed as libraries and other knowledge-based institutions seek to measure “institutional impact” while also streamlining workflows to reduce administrative burden. These best practices include the adoption of increasingly sophisticated persistent identifiers (PIDs) and increased focus on standards-based statistics gathering. For example, PIDs such as ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) and DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) can establish machine-actionable connections between researchers, their affiliations, and their contributions while also serving as a mechanism for interoperability in sharing data across systems. Furthermore, when measuring usage of research contributions associated with an institution, within an institutional repository for example, clean, comparable, standards-based statistics are needed for accurate internal assessment, as well as for benchmarking with peer institutions. The more organizations using these types of open research infrastructure services in their workflows, the more connections can be made between entities, making research objects more FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable). To support institutional goals reliant on these shared standards, LYRASIS serves as the community home for three consortial programs designed to lower the barrier of participation for using open research infrastructure best practices: the ORCID US Community, the LYRASIS DataCite US Community (for DOIs), and the IRUS (Institutional Repository Usage Statistics) US Community. To demonstrate how all of these services can work together and supplement each other, this session will focus on the new LYRASIS Research Repository as a use case, as we are also implementing these best practices in our own research workflows. Launched this year, our LYRASIS Research Repository makes a variety of LYRASIS research publications available, as well as research funded by the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund. We have started requiring ORCID iDs for Catalyst Fund recipients and assigning DataCite DOIs to our repository materials. We are planning to take this work further by using Crossref Grant IDs for Catalyst Fund projects, as well as implementing IRUS in our repository. This session will cover examples of the current trends in these research infrastructure communities, lessons we have learned from implementing best practices in our own research workflows, as well as strategies for moving forward together.