Names Project Blog

OR08 update

Posted in conferences by Amanda Hill on 3 April, 2008

OR08 Opening Session

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.

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ISKO 2008

Posted in conferences by Amanda Hill on 11 March, 2008

I’ll be presenting a paper on Names at the ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization) conference in Montréal in August. The paper had to be sent in to the organisers this week. It felt a bit strange writing a paper when development work on our prototype has only just started (our developer, Dan Needham, only joined Mimas last week). So I feel that the talk I give in August will probably bear little relation to the paper that was completed this week. It’s really an overview of where we are now and where we might be going in the next few months – there is a PDF version of the paper available now from the Names website.

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