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Please join us for the second University of California Digital Library Forum (UC DLFx) conference, taking place May 20-22nd at UC San Diego.

When:May 20-22, 2019 (Pre-conference on May 20, sessions May 21-22)
Where: UC San Diego campus, Atkinson Hall at the Qualcomm Institute

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Wednesday, May 22 • 9:30am - 9:45am
FAIR identifiers and ARKs-in-the-Open

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Does the FAIR acronym apply to identifiers as well as to content? Implications of this question for research data are explored in the context of a mainstream alternative to paywalled, siloed identifier systems. The California Digital Library (CDL) and DuraSpace are collaborating to create an open, international community around Archival Resource Keys (ARKs) and their use as persistent identifiers in the open scholarly ecosystem. The collaboration, called “ARKs in the Open”, will build on the 500 institutions (research, not-for-profit, private, government, etc.) across the world that have registered to use ARK identifiers, and the estimated 3.2 billion ARKs that have been created for digital objects, physical artifacts, people, places, and terminology.

Anticipating the decentralized web, the ARK identifier scheme is unusual in not imposing fees and not mandating use of any one choke point for all resolution. Reflecting the open ARK philosophy, the global ARK resolver (N2T.net) resolves over 600 kinds of identifiers. Since 2001, CDL has served as the incubator for ARK infrastructure, which is now poised to emerge from CDL and mature towards long-term sustainability in partnership with the 31 organizations on 4 continents whose support “ARKs in the Open” has garnered.

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John Kunze

Identifier Systems Architect, California Digital Library
John Kunze is an Identifier Systems Architect at the California Digital Library. With a background in computer science and mathematics, he wrote BSD Unix software that comes pre-installed with Mac and Linux systems. He created the ARK identifier scheme, the N2T.net scheme-agnostic... Read More →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 9:30am - 9:45am PDT