This group aims to establish a persistent identifier (PID) system and registry for scholarly conferences. Once the metadata standards for conferences and conference series are defined, the group will also deal with providing a standardized description of conference peer review processes.
The use of PIDs helps one to record metadata about the conferences and, when applied to published proceedings, enable more efficient decision making for researchers, libraries, publishers, funding and evaluation bodies. Longer term, it also helps to identify fraudulent and/or low-quality conferences.
Currently the group involves a good number of representative publishers and has regular calls every 1-2 months. You can follow the group activity on twitter using #confpid tag or via the DataCite blog and our own.
Please see blog post Taking the con out of conferences for background information.
Chair: Aliaksandr Birukou, Springer Nature
Facilitator: Geoffrey Bilder, Crossref
Please contact Geoffrey Bilder with any questions or to apply to join the working group.