Identifiers.org is an established resolving system that enables the referencing of data for the scientific community, with a current focus on the Life Sciences domain. It handles persistent identifiers in the form of URIs and CURIEs. This allows the referencing of data in both a location-independent and resource-dependent manner. The provision of resolvable identifiers (URLs) fits well with the Semantic Web vision, and the Linked Data initiative.
- resolvable identifiers: the system provides resolvable identifiers in the form of URIs and CURIEs
- location independent: the system is able to decouple the identification of records from the physical locations on the web where they can be retrieved
- free to use: there is no cost involved to register or use the identifiers or this facility
- granularity of identifiers: identifiers available at multiple levels (data collections, resources and data entities)
- customisable behaviours: the URI system can be tailored to needs in terms of formats available and preferred resolving locations
- RDF support: responses encoded in RDF/XML are provided via content negotiation, other formats are being added
- community driven: we rely upon the community to drive and direct development, as well as to contribute new data collections
- curated resource: dedicated curators and community feedback ensure that information in the Registry remains up-to-date and accurate
- reliable: there is an automated link monitoring system that checks registered resources daily
- unrestricted scope: currently focused on Life Sciences, but the scope is potentially unlimited (community feedback dependent)
A central, curated registry stores the information necessary to resolve either URI or CURIE forms of identifier, which are sent as queries to the Identifiers.org resolving system.
Identifiers.org provides direct access to the identified data using one selected physical location (or resource). Where multiple physical locations are recorded in the registry the most stable one is selected for resolution. This allows the location independent referencing (and resolution if required) of data records.
URI resolution pattern:
http://identifiers.org/[namespace]/[entity], eg: http://identifiers.org/pdb/2gc4.
Identifiers.org is able to handle queries presented as CURIEs (prefixed identifiers). These prefixes may be encoded at the level of individual resources (resolving locations), allowing the location dependent referencing of data. This is useful for publishers, and will be an important means by which specific data providers or resources may be acknowledged.
Namespace CURIE pattern:
[namespace prefix]:[accession], eg: pdb:2gc4.
Provider CURIE pattern:
[provider code]/[namespace prefix]:[accession], eg: pdbe/pdb:2gc4.
The Identifiers.org dataset, including individual records and annotations therein, are provided under the terms of the Creative Commons CC4 Attribution license.
Briefly, this means you are entitled to use the data we provide, including sharing, transformation and redistribution thereof, for any purpose, providing that appropriate credit is given, and that any changes are clearly indicated. For full details, please visit the Creative Commons site.
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