What is a RAiD?
A RAiD has two parts: The RAiD handle and the RAiD Data Management Record (DMR).
The handle is a string of numbers that is minted via the RAiD API. It is persistent and unique.
The DMR is attached to the handle to store PIDs and metadata associated with the project or activity. Date/time stamps attached to the PIDs form a timeline of the research actions and interactions to record all the researchers, institutions, outputs, tools and services that are used in a project.
Why do Projects need a Persistent Identifier?
Recording research project process and outputs is a complex manual task.
A Persistent ID helps to automate the process to remove administrative burden from researchers and support staff.
RAiD places the project at the heart of research instead of the single researcher or institution. This increases the visibility of all parties in the project and reflects cross institutional cooperative practices.
Using a single identifier for the lifetime (and beyond) of a project allows for institutions to gather a complete record of infrastructure use and outputs of that project. This in turn yields better impact metrics by improving the tractability of grants, infrastructure and service funding.
How can my institution use RAID?
RAiDs are minted via the RAiD API.
The RAiD API can be integrated into a preexisting research management software platform to become a RAiD Service Point.
Is there a fee to become a RAiD Service Point?
Use of the RAiD API, integration and RAiD minting is free.