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Subject: Authors and Identity Mgt Workshop Call for Participation
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:45:47 -0500
Authors and Identity Mgt Workshop Call for Participation


Authors, Identity Management and the Scholary Communication System

A CNI Workshop
Washington, DC
Febuary 25, 2007


The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is hosting an invitational workshop for organizations actively involved in developing systems, services, databases or policy frameworks addressing author identity management within the scholarly communications system and the academy.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore and, where appropriate, begin efforts to coordinate a range of developments in historically independent spheres that relate to the management of authorial identity; in the new digital scholarly communications environment, there is at least potential convergence among many of these activities.  For example:

      Name authority files as a key (and costly) component of the apparatus of bibliographic control, are receiving new recognition and new attention; efforts are underway to combine and merge such files internationally, and the possibility of establishing common name authority across the monographic and journal literature is being reconsidered.  There is also interest in being able to link more biographical information to authority records.

        Publishers, abstracting and indexing services,  and managers of disciplinary repositories are beginning to operate system-specific author identity management systems. The publishers and A&I services also face potentially large, complex and messy programs to upgrade their retrospective files.

   Universities and other organizations are starting to develop research management systems and faculty profile management systems that include the management of faculty bibliographies and biographies, and of faculty work; they also need the ability to refer to authors that may move from one institution to another.

      Developers of bibliometric and webmetric systems continue to struggle with appropriate disambiguation and consolidation of author names; this is also a problem for search services.

   Universities are investing heavily in local identity management systems; these are being federated within frameworks like Shibboleth, Liberty and Open ID.

     Copyright management practices are changing, with authors more commonly retaining more of their rights individually. This means that being able to locate and contact authors is becoming more important (see for example the recent Creative Commons Plus licenses). Universities track former and current students and faculty already for a wide variety of reasons. There are privacy and spam protection issues to be considered here as well. 

In order to have a productive discussion, the size of the workshop is limited. Prospective participants should contact CNI Associate Director Joan Lippincott ( as soon as possible with a few paragraphs on their interests and relevant work that they are doing in this area; unless otherwise requested, these will be shared with other participants and become part of the public conference report. Selected attendees will be asked to give brief presentations based on these submissions. CNI will provide conference facilities, refreshments, and lunch; travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the participants. As we accept participants, we'll provide more detailed logistical information.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

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