PID generation

API - PID generation

Every identifier consists of two parts: its prefix and a unique local name under the prefix known as its suffix

< PREFIX > / < SUFFIX > (e.g. 11239/123456745).

Any suffix - local name must be unique under its local namespace. The uniqueness of a prefix and a local name under that prefix ensures that any identifier is globally unique within the context of the System.

Depending on the service there are two ways to generate the SUFFIX a) automatic and b) manual

Automatic generation of SUFFIX

The API supports the automatic generation of a local name - suffix by using a generator via a POST Request. This generator uses UUIDs to guarantee the uniqueness of created handles. The syntax follows the following pattern

SUFFIX = prefix - UUID - suffix


  • prefix: Optional: a string of UTF-8 encoded printable unicode characters to put before the UUID.
  • UUID: UUID stands for Universally Unique IDentifier, GUID for Globally Unique IDentifier. A universally unique identifier (UUID) is an identifier standard used in software construction, standardized by the Open Software Foundation (OSF) as part of the Distributed Computing Environment (DCE). The intent of UUIDs is to enable distributed systems to uniquely identify information without significant central coordination.
  • suffix: Optional: a string of UTF-8 encoded printable unicode characters to put after the UUID.


In this example we are going to use the automatic creation of PID. The automatic generation of PID is executed using a POST HTTP Request.

The request in curl

curl -v -u "YOURUSERNAME:YOURPASSWORD" -H "Accept:application/json" -H "Content-Type:application/json" -X POST --data '[{"type":"URL","parsed_data":""}]'\?prefix=GRNET\&suffix=TEST

The Result

The result of the automatic generation


Manual generation of SUFFIX

Its up to the user to decide the names of the PIDs. You may use

  • a number
  • a string
  • a UUID
  • a pattern based on the community context

In all examples in this manual we use a UUID generator.