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Challenges of integrating researchers in authority files

“OCLC Research Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura and MIT Libraries Director of Research and Brookings Institution Non-resident Senior Fellow Micah Altman presented “Integrating Researcher Identifiers into University and Library Systems” at theCNI Spring 2014 Membership Meeting. These slides are now available for downloading (.pptx: 6.0MB/47 slides) or viewing on SlideShare.  In addition, draft Researchers in Authority Filesreport (.docx: 813K/17 pp.) is available for community review and feedback. A number of approaches to providing authoritative researcher identifiers have emerged, but they tend to be limited by discipline, affiliation or publisher. In this presentation, Karen and Micah provide an overview of the OCLC Research Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group’s analysis of the complex ecosystem of systems and institutions that provide, aggregate and use name authorities and researcher identifier systems. Karen and Micah reflect on the state of the practice and on the remaining  challenges to  integrating researcher identifiers into the systems and practices of libraries and universities. They also solicit comments on the group’s draft recommendations.”

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