Last week I took part in a meeting at GBIF in Copenhagen to discuss the role GBIF could play in Persistent Resolvable Identifiers (the technology formally known as GUIDs and often confused with UUIDs. Perhaps they should be called PRIs – pronounced ‘prize’ – just kidding.) This is the culmination of the LGTG (a.k.a. the Less Than Greater Than group). Thanks are due to Éamonn O Tauma and the team at the GBIF Secretariat for being wonderful hosts and to my fellow participants for being such good company.
This was a two and half day meeting that involved a group of us working on a document full of recommendations (to be published in the next month or so). As part of my contribution I came up with a slightly more detailed plan for how GBIF would interact with data suppliers and consumers. For a brief time this formed part of the final document but was then cut because it was too detailed. It may still make it back into the appendix but may also drop out completely so I thought I would present it here for posterity.
These are more or less just a series of notes and diagrams but they should be understandable to anyone involved in the field. I use the term GUID as this was before we changed to calling them persistent identifiers.
Note that what I present here is what I presented to the group and does not necessarily reflect the views of the group which will officially be published later.