Alternate Definitions for Persistent Identifier (PID)

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Term: Persistent Identifier (PID)

An Internet-based identifier, such as a URL, that is meant to be valid for long term reference. Persistence of an identifier is purely a matter of service and is neither inherent in an object nor conferred on it by a particular naming syntax.


Well-known kinds of PID that can be expressed as URLs include ARK (Archival Resource Key), DOI (Digital Object Identifier), Handle, PURL (Persistent URL), and URN (Uniform Resource Name).

Created 2023.03.30
Last Modified 2023.03.31
Contributed by John Kunze