Improving Names data with help from institutions

Names Project Blog, Jul 21, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've been sorting through the list of blogs harvested by gRSShopper to support this newsletter and am totally sympathetic with this project. You'd think it would be a simple thing: compile a list of the names (and relevant data, like affiliations) of the people who have published research papers. Not so. It actually creates the challenge of integrating and rationalizing often incomplete data (such as, say, publisher records listing authors only by last name and first initial). This post described the Names project, which aims to tabulate the 45,000 or so researcher in the U.K. And in a project-within-a-project Phil Cross and Dan Needham are trying to provide names functionality in an eprints repository. Ironically, there's no authorship information on or around this blog post - and now you see the scale of my challenge.
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