OCLC Research Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group seeks feedback on work in progress
The OCLC Research Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group has been analyzing the emerging approaches to incomplete national authority files. The goal is to identify:
- the benefits, needs, and challenges for integrated author identification;
- approaches to effectively integrate multiple author identifier systems, and to reconcile information from multiple sources; and
- models, channels and workflows for registering and maintaining integrated author and researcher information.
We recently launched a "work in progress" page with these five documents for community comment and feedback:
- Use case scenarios (.pdf: 132k/13 pp.) – The eighteen use-case scenarios the task group developed around different stake-holders: researchers, catalogers, funders, journalists, librarians, university administrators, institutions, aggregators, and identity management systems
- Functional requirements derived from the use case scenarios (.pdf: 45k/3 pp.)– The 43 functional requirements the task group derived from the use-case scenarios.
- Diagram of the research ID information flow (.pptx: 104k/2 slides) – Task group member Micah Altman’s diagram of the researcher ID information flow illustrates the complexity of the current ecosystem.
- A list of 100 research networking and identifier systems the task group considered (.xlsx: 20k) – The list of 100 research networking and identifier systems the task group considered, with the ones selected for profiling highlighted. The task group augmented a list originally provided by task group member Dr. Michael Conlon.
- Research networking systems characteristics profiles (.pdf: 323k/27 pp.) – The 21 research networking systems the task group characterized. These profiles are being reviewed against the functional requirements.
WebEx sessions will be scheduled to discuss this work for those who are interested.
Please send comments, feedback, and interest in the WebEx discussions to Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura.
Based on the feedback we receive and our ongoing Registering Researchers in Authority Files activity, we plan to publish a concise report that summarizes the benefits and trade-offs of emerging approaches to the problem of incomplete national authority files. Ultimately, we hope to make it easier for researchers and institutions to more accurately measure their scholarly output.
For more information: Karen Smith-Yoshimura
Senior Communications Officer