Organization Identifier Breakout Group – Governance


  • Ed Pentz, Crossref (Breakout Group Lead)
  • John Chodacki, California Digital Library
  • Patricia Cruse, DataCite
  • Mike Frame, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Laure Haak, ORCID
  • Paul Peters, Hindawi Publishing
  • Erin Robinson, Foundation for Earth Sciences
  • Simeon Warner, Cornell University


The goal of this breakout group is to provide to the Working Group a written recommendation on governance options for the organization identifier Registry. Areas covered should include organizational structure, legal considerations, and risks. The Governance group will also discuss whether additional “framing principles” (such as on data quality, rights of organizations, etc.) are needed and make appropriate recommendations to the Working Group.

The recommendation should include detailed goals, scope, deliverables, timeline, and roles (as needed).

Representative questions for this breakout group may include:

  • What are the characteristics of a non-profit Registry?  What will qualify this effort for non-profit status?
  • How should data in the Registry be governed?
  • What rights (data/oversight/notification/record management) do organizations represented in the Registry have?
  • What responsibilities does the new Registry have with respect to current stakeholders?
  • Should a separate organization be created to govern the Registry? If not, what are the desired characteristics of a host organization and what governance elements should it adopt?
  • What existing organizations and governance models can we learn from?
  • What kind of protections do we need to put in place to maintain resilience of the organization in the face of political (or legal) disputes?
  • Will there be instances where we need to “make private” entries in the registry?

Progress Reports

Forthcoming throughout the project.