1. Overview

This white paper provides recommendations for the use of instrument Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) for institutional instrument providers, such as bodies who fund, maintain or provide instruments, or are responsible for maintaining information about or data from instruments. Institutional instrument providers will be responsible for maintaining and publishing instrument PIDs locally, potentially on behalf of other institutional instrument providers. These recommendations are compiled through the activities of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Persistent Identification of Instruments (PIDINST) Working Group.[1] This document is expected to evolve with new user requirements and working group activities.