Three excellent speakers discussed authority control during a NISO (National Information Standards Organization) webinar held about 10 days ago.
In the world of authority control, it is a bit of an alphabet soup of acronyms. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), which is a system to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors; ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier), which identifies the public identities of contributors to media content such as books, television programs, and newspaper articles; and VIAF (Virtual International Authority File) a system that combines multiple name authority files into a single authority service, hosted by OCLC, all have their place when discussing identifiers for authority control.
Identity issues and disambiguating authors, researchers, other content creators, and their institutional affiliations are crucial as we move into a world of linked data. In this webinar, presenters will cover the implications and differences between ORCID, ISNI, and VIAF, what is the proper use of each, and some of the benefits that come with using authority files and making that information available on the Web
- ORCID identifiers in research workflows
Simeon Warner, Director of Repository Development, Cornell University Library
- ISNI: How It Works And What It Does
Laura Dawson, Product Manager, ProQuest
- VIAF and its Relationships with Other Files
Thomas Hickey, Chief Scientist, OCLC
Additional info, speaker bios, etc. from the webinars webpage.
Direct to ORCID
ORCID Registry Search Box Available at Top of Page
Direct to VIAF Info and Search