Why Open Identifiers are Important
An identifier is a number or alphanumeric label that can be read either by machines or humans. It serves to make an object, a document, a person, a place or an organisation in both the real world and on the internet unique, permanently identifiable and retrievable. In order to achieve the aim of Open Science – the long-term and free availability of scientific information – it is important to ensure that the identifiers themselves are also open. They should therefore be based on an open, documented, free architecture, and be endorsed and promoted by the scientific community.