This group aims to establish a persistent identifier (PID) system and registry for scholarly conferences. PIDS enable creation of a persistent metadata record about a conference and, when applied to published proceedings, enables 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. This group initially intended to research PIDs for Conferences and projects, but has limited the scope to Conferences for the first phase.
Metadata specifications were circulated for comment in Spring 2018, and a set of metadata to define conferences has been decided. The working group held a kick-off meeting at CERN in February 2019. Both DataCite and Crossref will be implementing this metadata set to allow conferences to be registered as DOIs.
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.
Chair: Aliaksandr Birukou, Springer Nature
Facilitator: Patricia Feeney, Crossref
Please contact Patricia Feeney with any questions or to apply to join the working group.