November 30, 2015

OCLC Research: “Registering Researchers in Authority Files” Task Group Seeks Feedback

From OCLC Research:

The OCLC Research Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group has been analyzing the emerging approaches to incomplete national authority files.

The goal is to identify:

  • the benefits, needs, and challenges for integrated author identification;
  • approaches to effectively integrate multiple author identifier systems, and to reconcile information from multiple sources; and
  • models, channels and workflows for registering and maintaining integrated author and researcher information.

The task force recently released a “work in progress” page with direct links to five documents and contact info.

Three of the documents linked on the page are:

The eighteen use-case scenarios the task group developed around different stake-holders: researchers, catalogers, funders, journalists, librarians, university administrators, institutions, aggregators, and identity management systems

Task group member Micah Altman’s diagram of the researcher ID information flow illustrates the complexity of the current ecosystem.  

The list of 100 research networking and identifier systems the task group considered, with the ones selected for profiling highlighted. The task group augmented a list originally provided by task group member Dr. Michael Conlon.

Direct to OCLC Research “Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group” Work in Progress Page

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