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The Consortia Assembly of the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) Association decided in its meeting on July, 07, 2023 to fund two basic service applications. In addition to "TS4NFDI" (Terminology Services 4 NFDI), the application of "Persistent Identifier Services for the German National Research Data Infrastructure - PID4NFDI" was accepted for funding.

The aim of the one-year initialization phase is to develop an NFDI-wide PID strategy that captures existing solutions and requirements of the NFDI consortia in order to lay the groundwork for further work. To accomplish this, the following work packages are planned:

  • Analysis of the NFDI PID landscape and NFDI consortia needs
  • Identification of necessary technical measures and metadata processes in order to improve the usability and integration of PID systems within NFDI
  • Development of training concepts and cook books on the use and application of PIDs within the NFDI
  • Documentation and evaluation of relevant governance, business, and licensing models of the various PID providers
  • Outreach and networking activities

The PID4NFDI work program is designed to build on etsablished PID infrastructures, experiences, and materials. Therefore, among other things, close cooperation between PID4NFDI and PID Network Germany is foreseen. This is ensured in particular by the fact that the partners DataCite, Helmholtz Open Science Office and TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library are represented in both projects.

PID4NFDI addresses the research data management community and can take their requirements into account in more detail, than would be possible in PID Network Germany with its broad focus on a wide variety of use cases and stakeholders. PID4NFDI thus represents an important and complementary building block to PID Network Germany.

Further information


  • Email adress: section-infra-wg-pid@lists.nfdi.de


  • As of 2024

Project partners

Funded by


Antonia C. Schrader

Open Science Officer | Currently on parental leave

Roland Bertelmann

Head of Helmholtz Open Science Office

Steffi Genderjahn

Open Science Officer