Term: persistent identifier Class:  
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Created 24 November 2013
Last modified 24 November 2013
Contributed by Stephen Richard


Definition: An h1016(undefined) that is available and managed over time; it will not change if the item is moved or renamed. This means that an item can be reliably referenced for future access by humans and software (from http://n2t.net/ezid/home/understanding, as reported in http://www.force11.org/node/4770).

The definition implies that a persistence is a characteristic of the identifier, when in fact persistence has to do with the commitment made by an organization to maintain the linkage between an identifier and a resource. A niggle, I understand, but a distinction not widely understood among users. We have no persistent pixie-dust to sprinkle on identifiers Submitted 14 April 2016
by Stuart