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ERIC Number: ED564924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-55653-487-4
Registering Researchers in Authority Files
Smith-Yoshimura, Karen; Altman, Micah; Conlon, Michael; Cristán, Ana Lupe; Dawson, Laura; Dunham, Joanne; Hickey, Thom; Hook, Daniel; Horstmann, Wolfram; MacEwan, Andrew; Schreur, Philip; Smart, Laura; Wacker, Melanie; Woutersen, Saskia
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Written by OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura and the 13 members of the Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group comprised of specialists from the US, UK, and the Netherlands, this report summarizes their research into approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers. Registering researchers in some type of authority file or identifier system has become more compelling as both institutions and researchers recognize the need to compile their scholarly output. The report presents functional requirements and recommendations for six stakeholders: researchers, funders, university administrators, librarians, identity management systems, and aggregators (including publishers). It also provides an overview of the researcher identifier landscape, changes in the field, emerging trends, and opportunities. Supplementary data sets document the task group's research and are also available for downloading at the links above: 18 use-case scenarios for the six stakeholders; functional requirements derived from the use-case scenarios; the list of 100 research networking and identifier systems the task group considered; characteristics profiles of 20 research networking and identifier systems; mappings of each of the 20 systems to the functional requirements; and a researcher identifier information flow diagram. This report and its supplementary data sets will be of interest to everyone who has a stake in identifying the research output of individual authors and institutions. [Supplementary data sets include: (1) "Supplement A: Use Cases. A Companion to the OCLC Research Report, Registering Researchers in Authority Files" (ED564929); and (2) "Supplement B: Research Networking Systems Characteristics Profiles. A Companion to the OCLC Research Report, Registering Researchers in Authority Files" (ED564931).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: OCLC Research