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THOR – Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "THOR" data sheet

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Organization address
address: 96 EUSTON ROAD
city: LONDON
postcode: NW1 2DB
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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙458˙250 €
 EC max contribution 3˙456˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Development, deployment and operation of ICT-based e-infrastructures)
 Code Call H2020-EINFRA-2014-2
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2017-11-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD UK (LONDON) coordinator 556˙000.00
3    ORCID EU BE (BRUXELLES) participant 739˙875.00
6    UNIVERSITAET BREMEN DE (BREMEN) participant 277˙875.00
7    ELSEVIER BV NL (AMSTERDAM) participant 0.00
8    MONASH UNIVERSITY AU (VICTORIA) participant 0.00


 Project objective

Five years ago, a global infrastructure to uniquely attribute to researchers their scientific artefacts (articles, data, software…) appeared technically and socially infeasible. Since then, DataCite has minted over 3.5m unique identifiers for data. ORCID has deployed an open solution for identification of contributors with over 850,000 registrants in less than 2 years.

THOR will leverage these emerging global infrastructures to support the H2020 goal to make every researcher ‘digital’ and increase creativity and efficiency of research, while bridging the R&D divide between developed and less-developed regions. We will establish interoperability between existing resources, linking digital identifiers across platforms and propagating attribution information.

We will integrate PID services across the research lifecycle and data publishing workflows in four advanced research communities, and then roll-out core services and service building blocks for the wider community. These open resources will foster an open and sustainable e-infrastructure across stakeholders to avoid duplications, give economies of scale, richness of services and the ability to respond rapidly to opportunities for innovation.

THOR is not just relevant to the EINFRA-7-1024 Call, but will become a pervasive element of the EINFRA family of e-Infrastructure resources over the next 3 years. It will allow data-management and curation services to exploit knowledge of data location and attribution; provide robust and persistent mechanism for linking literature and data; enable search and resolving services and generate incentives for Open Science; deliver provenance and attribution mechanisms to underpin data exchange; and provide minting and resolving services for data citation workflows.

Its impact will enable third-party services, no-profit and commercial, to leverage the scholarly record.


List of deliverables.
Operational services Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:50
Artefact, contributor, and organisation relationship data schema Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:47
Capacity-building report (inc. training design) Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:44
Engagement report Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:43
Responses to domain-specific extensions to the current capabilities Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:41
Communication plan Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:47
Metrics and tools Other 2019-05-31 14:57:41
Project web site Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 14:57:50
Services that support claiming of data sets in multiple workflows Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:43
Evaluation report on project outputs and alignment with objectives Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:42
Release notes for further update of the measurement tools Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:53
Conceptual model of linkage Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:40
Analysis and comparison of PID use and integration across disciplines and sectors Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:49
Demonstration of services to integrate ORCIDs into data records and database systems Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-31 14:57:46
Plan for the dissemination and exploitation of project results Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:56
Services that enable integration and cross-linking across different types of identifiers and data types Other 2019-05-31 14:57:43
Business plan for sustaining the THOR federated PID infrastructure and services Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:43
Conceptual model of resolution Documents, reports 2019-05-31 14:57:41
Services that enable well-formed data citations Other 2019-05-31 14:57:43

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of THOR deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 de Mello, Guilherme; Graef, Florian; Stocker, Markus; Schindler, Uwe; Dasler, Robin; McEntyre, Johanna; Dallmeier-Tiessen, Sünje
Demonstration of Services to Integrate ORCIDs into Data Records and Database Systems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.58971
37 2019-06-11
2017 Brown, Josh
Introduction to ORCID
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.571817
23 2019-06-11
2017 Rueda, Laura
Introduction to DataCite
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.571808
26 2019-06-11
2017 Duine, Maaike
The IDeal PID world
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1063621
10 2019-06-11
2017 Chen, Xiaoli
What is Open Science and Why Should You Care
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1004725
19 2019-06-11
2016 Dasler, Robin
THOR: Metrics and Tools
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.46761
42 2019-06-11
2017 Petryszak, Robert
On the way to realising the full potential of PIDs in BioSciences: THOR work at EMBL-EBI
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1064002
4 2019-06-11
2017 Chen, Xiaoli
Make discoveries discoverable - Use cases of Persistent Identifiers in High Energy Physics
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.839678
21 2019-06-11
2017 Graef, Florian
Persistent Identifiers in the Life Sciences
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1004727
14 2019-06-11
2017 de Mello, Guilherme; Graef, Florian; Stocker, Markus; Schindler, Uwe; Dasler, Robin; McEntyre, Johanna; Garza, Kristian; Dallmeier-Tiessen, Sünje
Services that Support Claiming of Datasets in Multiple Workflows
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.290649
2017 Markus Stocker
From Data to Machine Readable Information Aggregated in Research Objects
published pages: , ISSN: 1082-9873, DOI: 10.1045/january2017-stocker
D-Lib Magazine 23/1/2 2019-06-11
2017 Hull, Elizabeth; VISION, TODD
Linking data and publications: the Dryad perspective
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1063964
7 2019-06-11
2016 Brown, Josh; Demeranville, Tom
THOR Communications Plan
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.48228
41 2019-06-11
2015 Demeranville, Tom
PIDs in a Federated World
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.31932
43 2019-06-11
2016 Melroy Almeida, PÃ¥l Axelsson, Tom Demeranville, Laure Haak, Keith Hazelton, Mikael Linden, Miroslav Milinovic, Laura Paglione, Chris Phillips, Hannah Short, the full Refeds ORCID Working Group
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Deane-Pratt, Ade
Introduction to Project THOR
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.571815
24 2019-06-11
2017 Stocker, Markus
PANGAEA Data Warehouse and Dynamic Data Identification
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1063627
11 2019-06-11
2016 Andreozzi, Sergio; Castelli, Donatella; Dappert, Angela; Ferrari, Tiziana; Krakowian, Małgorzata; Reetz, Johannes; Steijaert, Andres
e-Infrastructure Catalogue of Services
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.165467
32 2019-06-11
2017 Adrian Burton, Amir Aryani, Hylke Koers, Paolo Manghi, Sandro La Bruzzo, Markus Stocker, Michael Diepenbroek, Uwe Schindler, Martin Fenner
The Scholix Framework for Interoperability in Data-Literature Information Exchange
published pages: , ISSN: 1082-9873, DOI: 10.1045/january2017-burton
D-Lib Magazine 23/1/2 2019-06-11
2017 Fenner, Martin
DataCite to ORCID Claiming Workflows
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1063632
12 2019-06-11
2017 Demeranville, Tom
Organisation Identifiers
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1064017
1 2019-06-11
2017 Duine, Maaike
PID Graph
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1004741
18 2019-06-11
2017 Stocker, Markus
Identifying Information
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.556947
32 2019-06-11
2016 Josh Brown, Tom Demeranville, Alice Meadows
Open Access in Context: Connecting Authors, Publications and Workflows Using ORCID Identifiers
published pages: 30, ISSN: 2304-6775, DOI: 10.3390/publications4040030
Publications 4/4 2019-06-11
2017 Dasler, Robin
PID Service Adoption
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1063999
8 2019-06-11
2015 Brown, Josh; Cruise, Patricia
THOR: Connecting People, Places, and Things
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.31933
49 2019-06-11
2017 Chen, Xiaoli
Where are we with Data Citation
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1004743
14 2019-06-11
2017 Brown, Josh
ORCID Auto-Update
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.571816
25 2019-06-11
2017 Garza, Kristian
PIDs and Provenance
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.556952
32 2019-06-11
2017 Duine, Maaike
Building the Human Infrastructure around PID services
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1063614
THOR Final Conference 1 2019-06-11
2017 Rueda, Laura
DataCite Crowd Curation
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.571812
29 2019-06-11
2017 Duine, Maaike; Demeranville, Tom; Deane-Pratt, Ade; Brown, Josh
Recognising peer review with ORCID
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1095544
Open Science Fair, Athens, Greece (September 2017) 20 2019-06-11
2016 Andreozzi, Sergio; Dappert, Angela; Reetz, Johannes; Steijaert, Andres
Example Instantiations of the e-Infrastructure Catalogue of Services [vsn02]
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.166513
2017 Demeranville, Tom
Federated identity and identifiers
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1064011
5 2019-06-11
2015 Fenner, Martin; Demeranville, Tom; Kotarski, Rachael; Vision, Todd; Rueda, Laura; Dasler, Robin; Haak, Laure; Cruse, Patricia
D2.1: Artefact, Contributor, and Organisation Relationship Data Schema
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.30799
2017 Angela Dappert, Adam Farquhar, Rachael Kotarski, Kirstie Hewlett
Connecting the Persistent Identifier Ecosystem: Building the Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research
published pages: , ISSN: 1683-1470, DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2017-028
Data Science Journal 16 2019-06-11
2017 Dappert, Angela; Kotarski , Rachael; Farquhar, Adam; Hewlett, Kirstie
Persistent Identifier Services for the Humanities
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1064028
9 2019-06-11
2017 Dasler, Robin; Deane-Pratt, Adèniké; Lavasa, Artemis; Rueda, Laura; Dallmeier-Tiessen, Sünje
Study of ORCID Adoption Across Disciplines and Locations
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.841761
1 2019-06-11
2017 Fenner, Martin
Article-Data Linking Workshop November 2016
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1063636
13 2019-06-11
2017 Chen, Xiaoli; Dallmeier-Tiessen, Sünje; Dasler, Robin; Lavasa, Artemis
Business Plan for Sustaining the THOR Federated PID Infrastructure and Services
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.569862
31 2019-06-11
2016 Fenner, Martin; Demeranville, Tom; Kotarski , Rachael; Dasler, Robin; McEntyre, Johanna; de Mello, Guilherme; VISION, TODD; Dappert, Angela; Farquhar, Adam
THOR: Conceptual Model of Persistent Identifier Linking
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.48705
40 2019-06-11
2017 Farquhar, Adam
THOR - Introduction
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1064055
2 2019-06-11
2017 Brown, Josh
The Organization Identifier Project
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.571818
30 2019-06-11
2017 Farquhar, Adam
Roles for Persistent Identifiers in Digitally Enabled Historical Research
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1004723
17 2019-06-11
2017 Dallmeier-Tiessen, Sünje; Dasler, Robin; Trzcinska, Anna; Tsanaktsidis, Ioannis
Release Note for the THOR Dashboard
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.826162
22 2019-06-11
2017 Kotarski , Rachael
Linking persistent identifiers at the British Library
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.571825
27 2019-06-11
2016 Huber, Robert; Diepenbroek, Michael; Brown, Josh; Demeranville, Tom; Stocker, Markus
THOR: Connecting People, Places, and Things
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016 2019-06-11
2017 Dappert, Angela; Farquhar, Adam
Permanence of the Scholarly Record: Persistent Identification and Digital Preservation – A Roadmap
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.832071
14th International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPres), Kyoto, Japan, September 25 – 29, 2017 1 2019-06-11
2016 Kotarski , Rachael; Gould, Sara
Identifier Functionality for EThOS at the British Library
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5438/6423 39 2019-06-11
2017 Dallmeier-Tiessen, Sünje; Lavasa, Artemis
Facilitating consensus and actions in High-Energy Physics
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1064024
5 2019-06-11
2016 Dallmeier-Tiessen, Sünje; Dasler, Robin
Analysis and Comparison of Persistent Identifier Use and Integration across Disciplines and Sectors
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.154592
37 2019-06-11
2017 Jens Klump, Robert Huber
20 Years of Persistent Identifiers – Which Systems are Here to Stay?
published pages: , ISSN: 1683-1470, DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2017-009
Data Science Journal 16 2019-06-11
2017 Dasler, Robin
CERN Analysis Preservation: PIDs for open science in a closed system
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1063997
1 2019-06-11

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