The main conference tracks ended yesterday. It’s been an interesting conference for the Names project team. The issue of identifiers came up frequently, which was useful as this is something that we’re trying to decide upon right now. It’s also been useful to talk to repository managers and get to know how they see the name authority problem. Most of them expressed delight that we are working in this area, so expectations are high.
Last night I got to talk to Aarjen Hogeenaar and Wilko Steinhoff who work at KNAW (the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), which was really useful as they’ve implemented Digital Author Identifiers for researchers in the Netherlands and have faced similar challenges to those we’re tackling. The NARCIS portal brings together information from Dutch universities and research institutes on individual researchers and on their research and publications.