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A flurry of author ID discussions

Posted in Discussions by Amanda Hill on 22 January, 2009

The issue of uniquely identifying researchers has been receiving a lot of attention in the past week. On Friday Chris Leonard described his vision for a unique author ID service at the PhysMath Central blog. On Tuesday Cameron Neylon posted about the possibility of having a specialist OpenID service for assigning unique identifiers to authors.* There is a lot of interesting follow-up discussion on this post at FriendFeed and a list of relevant resources on the OpenWetWare wiki. Both Andy Powell and Paul Walk have picked up on these items in recent posts. [Postscript: Thanks to Owen Stephens for pointing out that these discussions have been highlighted in a Times Higher Education article this week, too.]

Of course this discussion is all highly relevant and useful to us at the Names Project. We are currently developing a proposal for a continuation of the original Names Project, which would take the prototype we’ve been working on into a pilot authority system over the next two years. Funding permitting, this will allow us to investigate some of the suggestions that have been mooted in the discussions above.

*This was as a result of discussions following Björn Brembs’ presentation at the ScienceOnline09 conference on finding new ways of measuring the impact of researchers’ work.

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  1. Bjoern Brembs said, on 23 January, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Followed up by: http://bjoern.brembs.net/news.php?item.495 (now also includes your post).

  2. [...] Other commentary included posts from Andy Powell (Eduserv), Chris Leonard (PhysMathCentral), Euan, Amanda Hill of the Names project, and Paul Walk (UKOLN). There was also a related article in Times Higher [...]

  3. [...] Other commentary included posts from Andy Powell (Eduserv), Chris Leonard (PhysMathCentral), Euan, Amanda Hill of the Names project, and Paul Walk (UKOLN). There was also a related article in Times Higher [...]


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