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The Handle service (formerly PIDS) provides a service-oriented framework to support the minting and managing of persistent identifiers (PIs) in an ARDC context. The Handle service is implemented as a Tomcat webapp based around CNRI's Handle technology in accordance with ARDC requirements. The service enables users to create a persistent and resolvable identifier which is mapped to a URI or description. If the location or description for an object changes the identifier reference can be updated without affecting the persistent identifier. When people click on it, the ARDC service re-routes them to whatever location or description is nominated by the identifier owner.



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