Challenges of integrating researchers in authority files outlined in presentation and draft report
OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura and MIT Libraries Director of Research and Brookings Institution Non-resident Senior Fellow Micah Altman presented "Integrating Researcher Identifiers into University and Library Systems" at the CNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting. These slides are now available for downloading (.pptx: 6.0MB/47 slides) or viewing on SlideShare. In addition, draft Researchers in Authority Files report (.docx: 813K/17 pp.) is available for community review and feedback.
A number of approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers have emerged, but they tend to be limited by discipline, affiliation or publisher. In this presentation, Karen and Micah provide an overview of the OCLC Research Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group's analysis of the complex ecosystem of systems and institutions that provide, aggregate and use name authorities and researcher identifier systems. Karen and Micah reflect on the state of the practice and on the remaining challenges to integrating researcher identifiers into the systems and practices of libraries and universities. They also solicit comments on the group's draft recommendations.
Key highlights from the presentation include:
- Shift from academic publishing in books to journals=loss of sole-author-book for evaluation: how integrate name authority and researcher ID systems?
- Scholars may be published under so many forms of names (esp. when translated) that string matching futile.
- Same name representing different people requires additional attributes, especially for Chinese names.
- OCLC Research task group identified 7 stakeholders for researcher IDs, use case scenarios, functional requirements, recommendations
- Where are the researchers? Dispersed among different systems
- Differences between traditional name authorities & researcher ID systems inc: stakeholders, organization, external integration, works & people covered
- Complex environment: institutional members/maintainers overlap systems but do not necessarily coordinate. How disputed info is resolved often unclear.
- Emerging trends: Widespread recognition that persistent identifiers for researchers needed; interoperability between systems increasing. Some adoption trends.
- It is time for universities to transition from watchful waiting to engagement: develop outreach, future-proof systems (“authors are not strings”), use and encourage identifiers.
This work is an outcome of the OCLC Research Registering Researchers in Authority Files activity, the goal of which is to create a concise report that summarizes the benefits and trade-offs of emerging approaches to the problem of incomplete national authority files. As a step toward that goal, the Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group has released a draft Researchers in Authority Files report (.docx: 813K/17 pp.) for community review and feedback. Comments to Karen Smith-Yoshimura at email@example.com by 30 April would be most appreciated.
For more information:
"Integrating Researcher Identifiers into University and Library Systems" slides
Review draft Researchers in Authority Files report
Karen Smith-Yoshimura [link]
Micah Altman [link]
CNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting [link]
OCLC Research Registering Researchers in Authority Files activity [link]
Registering Researchers in Authority Files Work in Progress [link]
OCLC Research presentations [link]
OCLC Research presentations on SlideShare [link]