Slide Presentations From NISO Webinar: “Authority Control: Are You Who We Say You Are?”
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.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.