Researcher ID

Here’s something we’ve discussed at Nodalpoint many times. Via Pierre:

Thomson Scientific, part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, today announced the launch of This unique Web environment enables researchers to create stable personal identifiers to present their works and manage public presentation of their personal metrics.

Full press release

Yes, it is that Thomson Scientific, the lovely people who bring you ISI and impact factors. Here is It’s currently “invite only, register your interest”, no clear indication of how it will be implemented or whether open standards will be involved and frankly, all looks rather corporate to me. One to keep an eye on.

9 thoughts on “Researcher ID

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  2. Thomson, pfui! With all the work going into Life Science Identifiers, various ontologies, OpenID and so on, you’d think we could mash together a way to unambiguously identify researchers. We are, after all, just instances of H. sapiens.

  3. You see this happen so often…a big corp. comes along and launches something that competes with the open source effort the geekier types have already been using.

    Keeping things open and distributed always pays off in the end, so I’m not excited about this. My “Researcher ID” is my Open ID URL, which co-incidentally, is where you find all kinds of info about me, maintained by me. Thompson really should check into what the community is already doing, before trying to launch their service.

  4. My “Researcher ID” is my Open ID URL

    Yes, me too. I agree, we don’t need “Thomson Corp. ID” when there are open technology alternatives.

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  6. As you mentioned we have discussed this many times before. It is one of those issues that I think everyone agrees on. It would be useful to have universal IDs for researchers but what is lacking is not the technology but the support of a lot of players on a standard (mostly publishers, databases and funding agencies).
    So in the case of OpenID for example how would it work ? The publishers would have to request to all authors of a paper to submit their OpenID and this information would be made available to the literature databases as metadata.

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