Enjoying a Bit of the PIDapalooza Craic in Dublin

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The third PIDapalooza festival of open identifiers took place in Dublin, Ireland on January 23-24. Around 150 PID people from 22 countries met for two days to talk about all things persistent identifier-related.

From Gareth Murphy’s opening keynote on the use of PIDs at the European Spallation Source (they generate tens of petabytes of data annually, and it needs to be managed “PID-centrically”) to Suze Kundu’s Friends-inspired closing summary, we were kept engaged and entertained throughout -- including an official Irish welcome from Uilleann piper, Mark Redmond!

Ten ORCID staff attended PIDapalooza 2019, and we all participated in an hour-long session -- ORCID-Orama at PIDapalooza -- which used a circus theme to introduce our 4-ring strategic themes and associated 2019 projects, and included a game of ORCID bingo for the audience, which proved very popular (lots of winners!).

Some of the other highlights included a fascinating session on the use of persistent identifiers for movies; the launch of pidforum.org -- a new online community for all things PID-related; an update on two recent PID workshops and an invitation to get involved; an introduction to the Openness Profile -- a pilot program for using PID infrastructure to share a wide range of contributions to open research; a lively brainstorming session for the ROR (Research Organization Registry) Community; and much more (where available, presentations are being added to the PIDapalooza 2019 repository). Not forgetting the first-ever PIDapalooza pub quiz, with quizmaster extraordinaire, Ed Pentz, Executive Director of Crossref and ORCID Board member.

Over 100 attendees participated in our online temperature check session at the end of the meeting. They rated PIDapalooza highly compared with other conferences they attend (4.3 stars out of a possible 5), with the short half-hour sessions rated most highly (over 50% of the vote). As to the all-important question of where the next PIDapalooza should take place -- all we’re saying for now is, watch this space!

In the meantime, we’ve said farewell to the PIDapalooza eternal flame -- until next time...