August 11, 2023

PIDs: A Key to Enhanced Data Management for Research Funders

Persistent Identifiers


In the intricate realm of grants management, research funders are tasked with efficiently managing and tracking copious amounts of data. This presents a significant challenge that is further compounded by the digital revolution we’re currently experiencing. However, technological advancements are continuously unfolding, bringing forth new tools and solutions to streamline processes. One such promising technology is Persistent Identifiers (PIDs), a unique solution enhancing data accuracy, transparency, and efficiency. This blog post aims to shed light on the transformative potential of PIDs in research funding.


What Are Persistent Identifiers (PIDs)?

At their core, Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) are long-lasting, unique references to digital objects. These objects can be virtually anything within the digital landscape: a dataset, a research paper, a piece of software, or, within the realm of our discussion, a grant. PIDs serve as a stable and reliable link to specific data, providing an efficient means to track, manage, and access digital information seamlessly. Their significance in various sectors is growing, and in the field of research funding, PIDs have the potential to truly revolutionize processes.


How Do PIDs Streamline Grants Management?

Grants management involves keeping track of a multitude of data points. From applicant details to the specifics of the funded project, each piece of information is a puzzle piece that forms the comprehensive picture of a grant. In this complex process, PIDs act as a unifying force. By assigning a unique PID to each specific grant, all relevant data becomes interconnected and easily accessible. This integration facilitates a more streamlined process, enhancing efficiency in data management and fostering improved transparency—factors that are integral to the decision-making process for research funders.

Moreover, PIDs provide an added layer of reliability to the grants management process. The persistent nature of these identifiers ensures that the link to data remains constant, even if the data’s location changes over time. This means that research funders can always access the information they need, without the fear of losing track due to changes in data storage or management.


The Implications of PIDs on Research Funding

Adopting PIDs in grants management practices can significantly improve the transparency and efficiency of research funding. With a clear, reliable data trail for each grant, funders can make more informed, data-driven decisions. This not only enhances the quality of research but also ensures that funds are allocated strategically and effectively.

Moreover, PIDs can also contribute to broader trends in research, such as Open Science. By providing a stable and reliable link to each grant and its associated research outputs, PIDs enable better tracking and attribution of research results. This fosters transparency and collaboration, key tenets of the Open Science movement.


Overcoming the Challenges: The Road Ahead for PIDs

While the potential benefits of PIDs are evident, it is equally crucial to acknowledge the challenges associated with their implementation. For one, the standardization of PIDs is necessary to ensure their wide-scale adoption and effectiveness. This includes establishing consistent rules for PID creation and management.

Data quality is another critical aspect to consider. The efficiency of PIDs relies heavily on the accuracy and consistency of the linked data. Hence, data quality management should be a priority in the implementation of PIDs.

Lastly, the issue of data privacy cannot be overlooked. With PIDs linking extensive amounts of data, safeguards need to be put in place to ensure privacy and protection.

The evolution of grants management is an ongoing process. As research funders, it’s crucial to keep up with new developments and embrace the future. Persistent Identifiers offer a promising path toward improved data management in research funding, and their potential is vast.

To delve deeper into the transformative potential of PIDs and other significant developments in the field, we invite you to join us at Altum’s upcoming Funder Forum. It’s an opportunity to engage in insightful discussions and learn from experts in the field. Register here to secure your spot and be part of the conversation shaping the future of research funding.

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As we navigate the complexities of the digital age, let’s not lose sight of our shared goal: to facilitate the advancement of research. By embracing technologies like PIDs, we can make significant strides toward a more efficient, transparent, and data-driven future in research funding.