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What are ORCiDs and DOIs—and Why Do I Need Them?

We’ve all seen a 404-error message, trying to access an old hyperlink. Link rot happens when a site is removed or a URL stops pointing to the right location. Persistent identifiers (PIDs) are reference links that can never rot and are increasingly important in an interconnected research world!

While some fields and researchers have actively incorporated PIDs for many years now, others rely on interpersonal networks and personal websites to connect their research. This workshop will give you skills to augment those important connections with PIDs.

Some might have received a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for an article published in a journal, but they can also be used to share data (field notes, methods, audio recordings, code), connected to a website, or associated with an artwork. An Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) is a unique link where you can connect to all your expansive scholarly output—datasets, articles, exhibitions, projects, interviews, education, residencies, and more.

Used together, PIDs can help you find new collaborators across disciplines, recognize the breadth of your work beyond journals, and allow you to connect to your research practice over time.

Presented by Jeffrey Demaine (Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian) and Danica Evering (Research Data Management Specialist). Book an appointment with Jeff, Danica, or another member of the Sherman Centre Team.

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Resources referenced during the presentation:

How to Use ORCiDs, DOIs, and other Persistent Identifiers

Other helpful resources

  • Contributor Roles Taxonomy, “CRediT: 14 Contributor Roles,” 2023 -
  • Mark Leggott, John Aspler, Brian Corrie, Robyn Nicholson, Jill Liu, Carly Huitema, “Persistent Identifiers: Current Landscape and Future Trends,” Research Data Canada IDs Working Group, Standards and Interoperability Committee. March 2022,
  • Zittrain, Jonathan, John Bowers, and Clare Stanton. “The Paper of Record Meets an Ephemeral Web: An Examination of Linkrot and Content Drift within The New York Times.” SSRN Electronic Journal, 2021.
  • ARK Alliance, “Comparing ARKs, DOIs and other identifier systems,” November 3, 2022, accessed February 10, 2023,