The Wellcome Trust and Digital Science have introduced a ‘contributor role taxonomy’ in an effort to provide classification of the roles performed by individuals in the work leading to published academic research. The purpose of the CRediT Taxonomy is to provide transparency in contributions to scholarly published work. Research Information brought this interesting news to our attention in their article, “Shake-up for system of credit in scholarly communication.”

The taxonomy will be published to the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) Data Dictionary and will lay the foundation for appropriate credit where it is due. This hopefully will result in fewer author disputes and fewer disincentives to collaboration and the sharing of data and code.

How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. Access Innovations can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

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