Oh, you’re that Cameron Neylon: why effective identity management is critical to the development of open research
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A presentation given at the Eduserv Symposium 2009 in London during May 2009.

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  • Note that the video that Cameron showed on the day early in this presentation can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD9sfFsnkE0.

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  • Oh, you’re that Cameron Neylon Why effective identity management is critical to the development of open research
  • Oh, you’re that Cameron Neylon Why effective identity management is critical to the development of open research future
  • Who am I?
  • friendfeed.com/cameronneylon twitter.com/cameronneylon blog.openwetware.org/scienceintheopen openwetware.org/wiki/User:Cameron_Neylon slideshare.net/cameronneylon viddler.com/cameronneylon
  • I am all these different people to different people at different times
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolomazzoleni/436307747 CC-BY
  • It matters to me... http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdunnette/167010858 CC-BY-SA
  • ...credit for what I’ve done http://www.flickr.com/photos/gail/309568668 CC-BY
  • ...it matters to him...
  • ...there are things you don’t want to be associated with...
  • ...what if you’re this guy (or one of his friends) and want to work in vaccine research...?
  • ...funders want more information on outputs
  • More measurement http://www.flickr.com/photos/redjar/136165399 CC-BY-SA
  • Greater diversity of outputs
  • ...serious consequences http://www.flickr.com/photos/erix/27946743 CC-BY
  • ...and we’re spending £12B of the taxpayer’s money http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeshlabotnik/2143212474 CC-BY
  • ...it might be nice to get this right
  • ...it might be nice to get this right(ish)
  • ...but that’s all a bit negative http://www.flickr.com/photos/bensonkua/3165739586 CC-BY-SA
  • what about a positive view? http://www.flickr.com/photos/29412527@N04/3393371408 CC-BY
  • ...if I want to see more open data http://www.flickr.com/photos/swanksalot/2704017177 CC-BY-SA
  • ...a more diverse research community http://www.flickr.com/photos/untitlism/22800371 CC-BY
  • ...if I want people to agree to referee requests...
  • ...then they need to be recognised and rewarded http://www.flickr.com/photos/wmjas/68005012 CC-BY-SA
  • Rewards can be big... http://www.flickr.com/photos/natematias/310642831 CC-BY-SA
  • ...or small...
  • ...but need to be recognised
  • ...trusted http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/2941559903 CC-BY
  • ...and unambiguously linked to one person http://www.flickr.com/photos/frielp/2661943 CC-BY
  • In today’s world with its diverse outputs and metrics any assessment that cannot be independently and automatically replicated is not credible.
  • For usability, transparency, and reliability, we need a clear researcher id http://www.flickr.com/photos/_dietrich/2402860858 CC-BY
  • So what should it look like? http://www.flickr.com/photos/37868257@N05/3546402630 CC-BY
  • A token, not an authentication mechanism
  • For researchers, by researchers
  • The property of the individual, not controlled by a commercial group
  • ...or their institution
  • Any centralised authority must represent all the stakeholders not just entrenched interests.
  • Future proof, portable, and native to the open data web.
  • ...whose data do you trust? http://is.gd/thVr
  • We
trust
people... ...not
objects
  • A semantic social web of objects (and data, and process and...)
  • (Some
of)
the
 people
I
trust... ...in
different
ways
 and
for
different
 things
  • No single metric will work for every person or purpose...
  • ...but with robust identity tokens we can build metrics for the purpose at hand
  • We can build a reward structure that supports a more diverse and open research community.
  • But more importantly
  • We can build and manage the trust networks that will let us navigate an open web of data.