‘RAiD’ is an acronym for 'Research Activity Identifier'. It is a unique, persistent identifier (PID) for research projects and activities. RAiD is developed, maintained, and operated by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) in its role as Registration Authority under ISO 23527:2022, in cooperation with RAiD Registration Agencies.
RAiD identifies projects and provides storage and retrieval of project information via an open system, using an identifier and an associated metadata record. The RAiD metadata record stores project information for long-term discovery, resolution, access, sharing, reporting, and other uses by the global research community.


A key challenge for researchers is keeping track of project activities across the research lifecycle. Unlike a grant, which a researcher receives, a project is something that a researcher does. Project information is dynamic; what is planned is not necessarily what is delivered, while project contributors and organisations may change over time. Similar to a container with a label, RAiD provides a unique, persistent identifier (a DataCite DOI) for each research project. As the project evolves, information about project personnel, organisations, inputs, and outputs is added to the RAiD container, producing a project and capturing information about relationships between resourcing and outcomes.


RAiDs are issued by RAiD Registration Agencies (RAs) appointed by ARDC (as the ISO RAiD Registration Authority). Each RAiD RA operates an instance of the RAiD service for a particular region or constituency. RAiD RAs will use DataCite services to issue DOIs as RAiD identifiers, and submit a subset of RAiD metadata to DataCite. The full metadata record, tailored to the requirements of research project tracking, is stored in the RAiD service. Individual RAiD services are then federated into the global RAiD system. This architecture will not only yield a robust and scalable global system, but will produce a seamless experience for RAiD users. RAiD is a trailblazer service, and through the partnership with DataCite, RAiD is now enabled by world-class DOI infrastructure.

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