Author Id Survey

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  • Author Id Survey

    1. 1. A few questions about an author identifier for scientists Survey by Martin Fenner, conducted April 14-24, 2009 http://tinyurl.com/cpexqo
    2. 2. 1. What is the purpose of an author identifier for scientists? Author profile Authentication Unique identifier Other 0 10 20 30 40 50 Other: enable rich metrics, disambiguating the literature, an identifier (not reqd to be unique)
    3. 3. 2. What is the best name for an author identifier for scientists? Researcher ID Author ID Digital Author Identifier Contributor ID Other 0 6 12 18 24 30 Other: does not matter, Unique Author ID (UAID), Scientist License Plate (SLIP), any other, really, ScID
    4. 4. 3. The author identifier system should be used for: Authors Database submitters Reviewers Editors Commenters Bloggers Other 0 10 20 30 40 50 Other: should be generic and general to all contributions, etc.
    5. 5. 4. Who should pay for the author identifier system? Journal Publisher Database maintainer Author Blogger Other 0 4 8 12 16 20 Other: public money, grants agencies, etc., cost? c'mon. trivial.
    6. 6. 5. Should author identifiers be managed by a central organization? No 13 Yes 33
    7. 7. 6. Which organization should manage author identifiers? NLM Other 5 10 CrossRef 18 Other: A non-profit consortium, etc., OpenID/distributed model
    8. 8. 7. Should an author identifier system for scientists be based on OpenID? Yes Other 13 5 What's an OpenID? 11 No 15 Other: yes/no: OpenID = authentication; author ID = identification, it could be if done right, Don't care
    9. 9. 8. Should there be one or several author identifier systems? One 28 Several 6 Several with one top system 10

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