Work in Progress

The Registering Researchers Task Group aims to create a concise report that summarizes the benefits and trade-offs of emerging approaches to the problem of incomplete national authority files.

Our goal is to identify:

  • the benefits, needs, and challenges for integrated author identification;
  • approaches to effectively integrate multiple author identifier systems, and to reconcile information from multiple sources; and
  • models, channels and workflows for registering and maintaining integrated author and researcher information.

The Registering Researchers in Authority Files Task Group offers these "work in progress" documents for community comment and feedback. WebEx sessions will be scheduled to discuss the task force's work for those interested.

Please send comments, feedback, and interest in the WebEx discussions to Karen Smith-Yoshimura at

New! Draft Registering Researchers in Authority Files report (dated 2014-03-28): This report is now out for community review and feedback. Comments to Karen Smith-Yoshimura at by 30 April would be most appreciated.
[] (.docx: 813K/17 pp.)

Use Case Scenarios: The eighteen use-case scenarios the task group developed around different stake-holders: researchers, catalogers, funders, journalists, librarians, university administrators, institutions, aggregators, and identity management systems. [] (.pdf: 132k/13 pp.)

Functional Requirements: The 43 functional requirements the task group derived from the use-case scenarios. [] (.pdf: 45k/3 pp.)

The Researcher ID Information Flow: Task group member Micah Altman’s diagram of the researcher ID information flow illustrates the complexity of the current ecosystem. [] (.pptx: 104k/2 slides)

Research Networking Systems: The list of 100 research networking and identifier systems the task group considered, with the ones selected for profiling highlighted. The task group augmented a list originally provided by task group member Dr. Michael Conlon. [] (.xlsx: 20k)

Research Networking Systems Characteristics Profiles: The 21 research networking systems the task group characterized. These profiles are being reviewed against the functional requirements. [] (.pdf: 323k/27 pp.)

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.