This activity seeks to summarize the benefits and trade-offs of emerging approaches to the problem of incomplete national authority files and make it easier for researchers and institutions to measure their scholarly output more accurately.
Our interest in this subject was spurred by institutions' need to uniquely identify all of their researchers to measure their scholarly output, a factor in reputation and ranking. Yet national authority files only partially cover researchers—they do not include authors that write only journal articles, or researchers who don’t publish but create or contribute to data sets and other research activities.
To address these issues, OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura launched a new task group comprised of OCLC Research Library Partner staff and others who are involved in uniquely identifying authors and researchers that can be shared in a linked data environment.
The group plans to publish a short report that summarizes its findings; helps address the needs of researchers, institutions, funders, and services providing persistent identifiers for researchers; and suggests approaches for linking data from different sources in a coherent way. Details on this activity and the task group roster —including experts from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States—are on our new Registering Researchers in Authority Files activity page on the OCLC Research website.
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