The Knowledge Exchange (a collaboration of DEFF in Denmark, DFG in Germany, JISC in the UK and SURF in the Netherlands) hosted a very helpful workshop on international author ID management on March 13-14, 2012 in London which I was fortunate to be able to participate in. The announcement of the report and a summary of the outcomes is reproduced below. The direct link to the workshop report is
This workshop was an enormously useful complement to the CNI Workshop on Scholarly Identity which was held on April 4, and several particpants attended both workshops. A report from the CNI Workshop should be available in a few weeks, and of course I’ll announce it here.
Summit shows that connecting international digital author identifier systems would be to the benefit of researchers, as well as those working on information infrastructure and research administration.
On 13 and 14 March Knowledge Exchange organised a well attended and timely summit on digital author identifiers. The summit clearly showed that there is value in aligning and connecting current systems. The developing initiatives ORCID and ISNI are already involved in conversations and the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) feeds directly into ISNI. These systems are engaging with different groups (ORCID with publishers/researchers, ISNI/VIAF with national libraries) and have different business models. However a co-ordinated approach would be feasible. This would definitely be to the benefit of researchers, as well as those working on information infrastructure and research administration.
Key recommendations from the summit were:
All parties should work towards preventing redundancy. It would be great to have one canonical ID bringing together existing systems.
There is an interest in an open thin layer with clear interfaces so others can build services on this.
At present there are broadly two approaches to collecting researcher IDs. Solution providers should draw on the relevant strengths of both of these approaches.
Now is the time for institutions to start doing their homework. They should not make blocking choices but progress and start assigning identifiers and work on linking these with VIAF.
The summit was well attended by a broad group of international experts, with 31 participants from 10 countries. The first day was directed at identifying the issues and the second day at using the findings and opinions to feed into the development of international initiatives being developed. There are already national identifier systems in place in several countries and there was a strong interest at the summit in connecting these internationally.
Please find the report on the summit at:
On behalf of the Knowledge Exchange partners,
Anne Maja Wad
Anne Maja Wad
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