Including PIDs from elsewhere within your metadata

Explanation

PIDs such as Wikidata IDs, ISNIs, Getty URIs, DOIs, Gazetteer URIs and IDs from other collections can be added to collection management systems. These can be included for related collection items, an identifier for a collection item itself where it is represented in another identifier scheme and authority files.

Potential Benefits

  • Reliable links with other collections
  • Reduces workload of creating and maintaining institution specific authority files

Dependencies

Your existing system must have the capability to be able to host these identifiers. Be aware that sometimes these capabilities can be hidden based on a custom configuration of the system but could be exposed for use.

Their utility for cross-linking is improved when they can be expressed as URLs so it helps if your system can manage that.

Builds on

Baseline collection management system required.

Compatible PID Types

For more compatible identifiers, see Which persistent identifier does what?

    Examples

    The Library of Congress provides links to other identifiers in its names identifier file.

    Screenshot example from a Library of Congress name authority file.
    Screenshot example from a Library of Congress name authority file.

    National Galleries Scotland and Moma in New York integrate Getty ULAN records and Wikipedia data into their artist web pages.

    Screenshot example from the National Gallery of Scotland's artist pages.
    Screenshot example from the National Gallery of Scotland's artist pages, with links to other pages highlighted.