Researcher Identifiers—What’s in a Name (or URI)?
SHARE: An Update on the SHared Access Research Ecosystem
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Karen Smith-Yoshimura presented "Researcher Identifiers--What's in a Name (or URI)?". A number of approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers have emerged, but they tend to be limited by discipline, affiliation or publisher. The rise of bibliometrics and its extension, altmetrics—the attempt to measure the impact of a work including mentions in social media and news media—strengthens the need to uniquely identify researchers and correctly associate them with their scholarly output. Both institutions and researchers have a stake in ensuring their scholarly output is accurately represented across academia and the web. It is time for universities to transition from watchful waiting to engagement. It is difficult to uniquely identify researchers when they have not authored monographs, but write primarily journal articles, and thus are not represented in national name authority files. An OCLC Research Task Group comprising specialists from the US, the UK, and the Netherlands (see http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/registering-researchers.html#taskgroup) developed eighteen use-case scenarios around different stake-holders, generated a list of functional requirements derived from these use case scenarios, and profiled 20 research networking systems. A researcher ID information flow diagram illustrates the complexity of the current ecosystem. The same information about a specific researcher may be represented in multiple databases, and only a subset interoperates with each other. This presentation will summarize emerging adoption trends and focus on three identifiers—ISNI, ORCID and VIAF. Participants will be asked to comment on the recommendations targeted to librarians, researchers and university administrators and share their experiences with or plans for researcher identifiers at their institutions.Eric Celeste presented "SHARE: An Update on the SHared Access Research Ecosystem". An update on the latest developments with SHARE, a higher education and research community initiative to facilitate the preservation of, access to, and reuse of research outputs. Join key project stakeholders as they discuss the status of the project’s first undertaking, the SHARE Notification Service, which aims to notify interested stakeholders when research release events occur. Currently in prototype development, the SHARE Notification Service is working with funding agencies, sponsored research offices, institutional repositories, disciplinary repositories, publishers, data archives, and other interested parties to provide a timely, structured, and comprehensive communication channel.