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The Knowledge Exchange just published a report from the Digital Author Identifiers Summit in London last month:
Looks like a valuable event, good representation from ORCID, VIAF and related initiatives. Lots of good pointers listed in various presentations available here.
To quote an E-mail announcement sent around by KE’s Anne Maja Wad :
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 organizers of an upcoming conference on unique identifiers in academia in Vilnius, Lithuania later this month have launched a survey. From the announcement:
We would like to invite you to complete a survey, which is about the attitudes of researchers to collecting information about their academic outputs and ways to do that. It should take at most 10 minutes of your time because questions are very simple.
Direct link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/unique-ids
On behalf of the IRISC2011 organizers, I am pleased to announce that a comprehensive workshop report is now available:
Video recordings from workshop proceedings are available for viewing. See list below, and also links on the schedule page under ‘Session details’. Recordings open in the Adobe Connect Pro application, displayed in a small window next to the slides (if used) in a bigger window:
Day 1 – Session 1 - http://csc-fi.adobeconnect.com/p9ladf60aor/
Day 1 – Session 2 - http://csc-fi.adobeconnect.com/p9fm74fes46/
Day 2 – Session 1 - http://csc-fi.adobeconnect.com/p85w1cjxshh/
Day 2 – Breakout results - http://csc-fi.adobeconnect.com/p4a8890rydx/
Day 2 – Conclusions and wrapping up - http://csc-fi.adobeconnect.com/p5nhzyw341p/
We have secured access to equipment and staff to make video recording & live streaming of much of the event over the Web (unless a speaker opts out, naturally). If all goes well and technology doesn’t fail us, the live stream will be available at this URL:
The breakout session chairs have made summaries, schedules and other information for their respective sessions available on the schedule page: