B2HANDLE

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B2HANDLE is the distributed service for minting, storing, managing and accessing persistent identifiers (PIDs) and essential metadata (PID records) as well as managing PID namespaces. The implementation of the service relies on the DONA/Handle persistent identifier solution.

B2HANDLE can be used by middleware applications, end-user tools and other service to reliably identify data objects over longer timespans and through changes in object location or ownership. The B2HANDLE service encompasses management of identifier namespaces (Handle prefixes), establishment of policies and business workflows, operation of Handle servers and technical services, and a user-friendly Python library for general interaction with Handle servers and EUDAT-specific extensions. B2HANDLE is mostly transparents to end-users, shielding them from the complexity of infrastructure details. In the background, B2HANDLE operates as a federation and based on policies that aim to ensure high availability of Handle resolution by cross-site mirroring of Handles. B2HANDLE supports a dedicated Handle record structure (a PID profile) for the safe data management within an infrastructure with a given topology. By relying on features of the PID profile, end-users can, for instance, ensure authenticity of objects with checksums and timestamps and account for replicated objects across multiple locations.

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To mint PIDs a prefix is required.

To access the service you need to:

  1. Requests access to PID service or namespace (Prefix) select one of service options below.
  2. Set the relevant parameters and add the service to the cart.
  3. Go to the cart and submit your order.
  4. You will receive an email summarising your order.
  5. You will be contacted by the EUDAT support team.

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EUDAT and SURFsara, GRNET

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B2HANDLE For Data Managers, Communities and/or Organisations

B2HANDLE is the distributed service for minting, storing, managing and accessing persistent identifiers (PIDs) and essential metadata (PID records) as well as managing PID namespaces. The implementation of the service relies on the DONA/Handle persistent identifier solution. Features: Unique and persistent reference which are globally resolvable, Network of service providers for high PIDs and PID services, Sustainability framework to sustain PIDs over long periods of time, Unified technical interface for access, registration and modification of PIDs and PID records, Operational management of PID namespaces (prefixes) transparent to user communities, including replication. Local reverse-lookups to retrive Handles base on target location or other fields, Client0side application support through a Python library. Compatible with common standards and practices (e.g. RDA). Ideal for: Data Providers

Technical parameters
Number of days 365

B2HANDLE For Researchers

B2HANDLE is the distributed service for minting, storing, managing and accessing persistent identifiers (PIDs) and essential metadata (PID records) as well as managing PID namespaces. PID are used to create persistent reference which can be used to identify and access data collections and objects over long periods of time. PIDs are normally automatically minted at and within data management and data repository systems. Features: Unique and persistent reference which are globally resolvable, Network of service providers for high available PIDs and PID services, Sustainability framework to sustain PIDs over long periods of time. Ideal for: Data Providers

Technical parameters
Number of days 365
Places and languages
  • Europe
  • English
Related Infrastructures and Platforms
  • EUDAT
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Service phase
  • Production (min. TRL 8)

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