Three members of the Names Project team attended the Open Repositories conference, OR2012, in Edinburgh this week. It’s a really packed conference, with fascinating sessions, a Developers’ Challenge and this year a side helping of Repository Fringe with its challenging format of Pecha Kucha presentations.
The conference was very ably live-blogged by Nicola Osborne and Zack O’Leary. I won’t attempt to compete with their thorough work of describing the sessions but instead will mention some of the presentations I attended which touched on the name authority space, of which there were quite a few.
Most of the national name identifier systems presented upon or mentioned during the conference were familiar to me as ones we covered in the report commissioned by JISC last year. One that we somehow missed in that report though, was the Portuguese Cirriculum DeGóis researcher CV service, which is integrated with the national repository service, RCAAP. You can see José Carvalho’s paper on RCAAP here [PDF].
Kei Kurakawa presented on the Japanese Researcher Name Resolver in a Pecha Kucha session, which was also the format for Natasha Simons’ talk on the researcher identifier activity in Australia. Natasha noted that institutions needed both sticks and carrots to engage with national researcher identifier systems.
Simeon Warner set the scene for the need for researcher identifiers in his presentation on progress and plans for ORCID (liveblogged here), which was followed by the talk I gave on Names (that link is to the YouTube video – you can also get the slides from Slideshare), which referenced both ORCID and ISNI and in which I attempted to characterise the different national and international researcher identifier services currently operating or in development. It is a rapidly-evolving area in which we’re all working and linking between the various systems is going to be essential.