Making content¬†findable to users, researchers, professionals, academics, etc., is a common goal. The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) organization launched its registry in October 2012 for this exact reason. Now they are on track to reach 1 million registrations at their two-year anniversary this month. With over 150 members, almost half from academic or government research institutes, and one-quarter from the publishing sector, they are enabling¬†research data exchange interoperability through integration of identifiers into research data systems and workflows. This topic was inspired by the article, “Interview with Laurel Haak of ORCID: Supporting the Efforts with Membership and¬†Integration,” found on The Scholarly Kitchen.

As online publishing platforms and their content assets have grown, and as researchers have proliferated, so have the problems resulting from multiple authors with similar or identical names, and from the many individual authors who have gone by various names. Similarly, specification of author affiliations has become difficult, because of the variety of names that any given institution may have gone through by this point in history. Semantic enrichment techniques that identify authors and institutions now need to rise to the challenge.

With the rise of ORCID and other universal databases of researchers and institutions, it is increasingly crucial for publishers to sort out their own data containing named entities.

Melody K. Smith

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