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Handle Service - self-service interface


The self-service interface allows individual researchers to allocate persistent identifiers one at a time. This provides an easy way to begin using persistent identifiers. However, ANDS strongly recommends integrating automatic allocation of persistent identifiers into your workflow, using the Handle Service machine-to-machine interface, or DOI Service (Cite My Data) or another equivalent service, whichever is appropriate.

To use the self-service interface, you need an Australian Access Federation (AAF) account through your university and a specific ANDS Online Services role. Institutions that do not have an AAF functionality available should contact for advice.

All members of the Australian research and education community are eligible for an account. See getting an ANDS Online Services account for more information.

  1. To access the Identify My Data self-service interface, login to ANDS Online Services.
  2. Once logged in, go to 'My Identifiers' menu on the top right hand corner of the screen.
  3. Select 'Identify My Data (PIDS)'.
  4. Click on the 'Mint New Handle' button on the top right hand corner of the screen.
  5. The screen below will be displayed. Enter the URL and a short description (details below are for demonstration purposes only). Make sure the 'I agree to the Terms and Conditions' box is
  6. Click the 'Mint' button to mint a handle for your URL.
  7. Once successful, your newly minted identifier (a handle) will be displayed as per below:my-identifiers
  8. You can now start using the resolvable link (e.g. in your publications, repository, white paper, etc.

NOTE: If you are an existing PIDS Administrator for an institution, you will also be able to list the identifiers minted through the machine-to-machine service. Simply click on 'My Identifiers' drop down list and select your institution as illustrated below:


If you have any question or concern, please email

Related information

Handle minting service (Identify my data)