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Monday, October 27 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Researcher Identifiers—What's in a Name (or URI)? + SHARE: An Update on the SHared Access Research Ecosystem

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Researcher Identifiers—What's in a Name (or URI)?
Community Notes
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.

Session Leader
Karen Smith-Yoshimura, OCLC Research


SHARE: An Update on the SHared Access Research Ecosystem
Community Notes
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. Learn 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. Presentation will describe how the SHARE Notification Service can be used by researchers to keep interested parties apprised of their scholarly output; by universities to facilitate the work of the sponsored research office, tenure and promotion committees, and to oversee open access polices; by funding agencies to track grant compliance; and by libraries to help populate their institutional repositories.

The presentation will also touch on SHARE’s larger vision of a coordinated repository infrastructure that will give campus-driven research outputs their widest exposure, and facilitate their broad reuse. In its fully realized state, SHARE will provide a registry of what is available within publicly accessible repositories and facilitate discovery of, and access to, content across these repositories. SHARE will expose this content so that the community can reuse, mine, and build services on top of the corpus. We look forward to detailing this vision and getting your critical input as we pursue this community-driven project.

Session Leader
Eric Celeste, SHARE

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Eric Celeste

Consultant, Tenseg
I have been working with REA on its website and other technology since 2010. My son, Alex, and I run a technology consulting company, Tenseg LLC, together.

Monday October 27, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Salons 4,5,6 Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

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