Presentation Open Access
PIDapalooza 2019 keynote address
"No PID is an island, entire of itself"
Identifiers are used and hence understood differently in different contexts
A URI's meaning depends on its context of use and an implicit social contract among its minters, distributors, servers and users. Borrowing a term with origins in the ethnography of the workplace, we can say that URIs depend on a community of practice, the unwitting signatories to such a contract.
Making a PID system work, technically, but more importantly socially, so that the virtuous
circle of awareness, adoption and growth kicks in, requires that system to occupy a viable niche in the space of possibilities afforded by at least one URI ecosystem: a pattern of URI usage and the
community of practice which sustains it.