Author Identifiers in Scholarly Repositories
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Bibliometric and usage-based analyses and tools highlight the value of information about scholarship contained within the network of authors, articles and usage data. Less progress has been made on populating and using the author side of this network than the article side, in part because of the difficulty of unambiguously identifying authors. I briefly review a sample of author identifier schemes, and consider use in scholarly repositories. I then describe work at arXiv to implement public author identifiers, services based on them both locally and through a Facebook application, and plans to make this information useful beyond the boundaries of arXiv.