CENDI Interest Areas — Persistent Identification
In March 2004, the Persistent Identification Task Group of the Content Management and Access Working Group published the white paper: Persistent Identification: A Key Component of E-Government Infrastructure. This paper discusses the nature of persistent identifiers such as PURL's and Handles, and potential implementation of these in E-Government applications.
In August 2003, task group members met with representatives of The Stationery Office in the United Kingdom to exchange information and ideas, and to discuss the potential for collaboration.
On January 29, 2003, the Content Management and Access Working Group sponsored a workshop on Handles® hosted by the National Library of Medicine. Since that meeting, about one-half of the 80 attendees have held ongoing discussions on the issue of persistent identification via a listserv established by the CENDI Secretariat. Additionally, 15-20 people are working as a task group to further the development of the persistent identification component of a federal information infrastructure.
The Persistent Identification Task Group is currently working with potential vendors and other organizations on the prototype of technology that will resolve multiple identification schemes, such as Handles and Persistent URLs (PURLs).
The Persistent Identification Task Group is chaired by the Defense Technical Information Center.