OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura presented these slides at the CNI Spring 2015 Membership Meeting in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday, 14 April. This project briefing summarized the current work of an OCLC Research task force on use cases and challenges of representing organizations in the ISNI database.
Institutions wish to enhance and promote their reputation to attract funders and faculty and to increase their ranking. Since universities change their official names as part of branding activities, academic departments change their names to reflect new curricular emphasis, and schools merge with or separate from parent institutions, institutional identifiers are crucial to accurately represent scholars’ affiliations both on their output and on grant applications. Institutions may not realize they already have such an institutional identifier, ISNI, and that this identifier has already been disseminated, used by ORCID and included in VIAF and Wikidata.
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) holds meetings for its member organizations twice annually to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues; and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects.