[Taxacom] Forcing ORCID on researchers

Tony Rees tonyrees49 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 7 21:07:23 CST 2020

Hi Rod,

A problem I see with Wikidata is scale... ORCID already has 9+million IDs
issued, not to mention all the other workers (current and past) who do not
have these - all will require an entry in Wikidata. Then there is the size
of the scientific literature - presuming that every article and book would
again get a Wikidata ID - I recall values in excess of 150m for the
scholarly literature - again would need to be fairly comprehensively
captured in order that an "open" system of researcher IDs <> publication
IDs would be useful (or better than what is already available e.g. via
Google scholar). So who does the work, what is the cost <> benefit ratio,
who keeps it updated, who does quality control, duplicate detection and
resolution, etc... I believe that PubMed alone adds 1m articles a year to
its database.

By contrast, ORCID has a board (16 members) and a staff of 36 just to
implement their mission alone (unique IDs for researchers): see
https://orcid.org/node/9 . So expecting the same to emerge "organically"
from the wikidata user community seems a big ask, to me.

- Tony

On Tue, 8 Dec 2020 at 09:44, Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>

> Hi Tony,
> I think Wikidata is going to be the place where all these identifier
> efforts will coalesce. I know you’ve played with it a bit, there are some
> quirks but the potential is enormous.
> Regards,
> Rod
> > On 7 Dec 2020, at 22:36, Tony Rees via Taxacom <
> taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:
> >
> > As a follow up to the above, not too long ago I was interested in trying
> to
> > discover academic papers authored by my late father (d. 2006), who was a
> > geographer. He wrote books - thus has a VIAF ID, issued externally by a
> > consortium of libraries in which his books reside, but I did not find a
> > single easy way to discover/aggregate/publish a listing of his articles.
> > Since he is deceased, many systems e.g. ORCID are not interested in
> issuing
> > a relevant identifier, which seems a lost opportunity (same for the
> > multitude of deceased authors in taxonomy).
> >
> > For what it's worth, there is a different Tony Rees to myself who writes
> > books, has a VIAF ID (I do not - not being a book author, and cannot get
> > one), and to whom some of my journal articles have been attributed in
> error
> > (even though they are not books) in VIAF. I tried to get this undone, but
> > did not get very far. Better data cleaning methods / user control
> obviously
> > needed!
> >
> > Regards - Tony
> >
> >

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