The information on this page is provided for historical purposes only. See the Registering Researchers in Authority Files overview page for the final outputs of this project.

Work in Progress

The Registering Researchers Task Group aimed to create a concise report that summarizes the benefits and trade-offs of emerging approaches to the problem of incomplete national authority files.

Our goal is was 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.

During this process, the Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group offered these "work in progress" documents for community comment and feedback. WebEx sessions were also scheduled to discuss the task force's work for those interested.

Comments, feedback, and interest in the WebEx discussions was sent to Karen Smith-Yoshimura at

Draft Registering Researchers in Authority Files report (dated 2014-03-28): This report was sent out for community review and feedback. Comments were requested to Karen Smith-Yoshimura at by 30 April 2014.
[] (.docx: 813K/17 pp.)

Use Case Scenarios: 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. [] (.pdf: 132k/13 pp.)

Functional Requirements: The 43 functional requirements the task group derived from the use-case scenarios. [] (.pdf: 45k/3 pp.)

The Researcher ID Information Flow: Task group member Micah Altman’s diagram of the researcher ID information flow illustrates the complexity of the current ecosystem. [] (.pptx: 104k/2 slides)

Research Networking Systems: 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. [] (.xlsx: 20k)

Research Networking Systems Characteristics Profiles: The 21 research networking systems the task group characterized. These profiles are being reviewed against the functional requirements. [] (.pdf: 323k/27 pp.)