Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (90 mins)
Room: SB-M022
Chair: John Kunze (Drexel University), Donny Winston, Polyneme (LLC)

In this 90-minute tutorial we will introduce you to ARKs (Archival Resource Keys), which can serve as persistent identifiers, or stable, trusted references for information objects (eg, web addresses that don’t return 404 Page Not Found errors). In more than two decades, 8.2 billion ARKs have been created by over 1200 organizations — libraries, data centers, archives, museums, publishers, government agencies, and vendors. Highly flexible and non-paywalled, ARKs are adopted increasingly by organizations in the global South and by those that need large numbers of identifiers. ARKs are citation-friendly identifiers providing an open API to connect to FAIR metadata and persistence statements.


The intended audience is anyone interested in identifiers designed for flexibility, nuanced persistence policies, and inclusion of institutions of any size and means. It will be especially practical for data producers and repository system providers.


We will cover:

  • Why ARKs – non-paywalled, decentralized, flexible
  • Use cases – Smithsonian, French National Library, Internet Archive
  • Metadata for early and ongoing object development
  • How to get started – fill out one form
  • Minting and assigning ARK identifiers
  • Resolvers, resolution, redirection
  • Persistence considerations

Learning outcomes

With guided exercises, by the end of the session, participants will know when and how to create and manage ARKs.


A laptop with wifi connection is recommended but not required.  Familiarity with basic website management is recommended but not required.

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