On Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:01 PM, Dave Caroline <[log in to unmask]>
> On 04/06/2014, Eric Lease Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > ORDID and ResearcherID and Scopus, oh my!
> > It is just me, or are there an increasing number of unique identifiers
> > popping up in Library Land? A person can now be identified with any one
> of a
> > number of URIs such as:
> > * ORCID - http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9952-7800
> > * ResearcherID - http://www.researcherid.com/rid/F-2062-2014
> > * Scopus -
> > * VIAF - http://viaf.org/viaf/26290254
> > * LC - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n94036700
> > * ISNI - http://isni.org/isni/0000000035290715
> You seem to have multiple so none are unique :)
> > couple of instances where these sort of identifiers are being put into
> and what happens when one of the servers falls off the net or some
> boss decides to modify a service, lots of data to fixup, yet again
We've seen this even with LC's identifiers -- last year a few people
crawled them due to the budget snafu. This seems like a case for LOCKSS, eh?
> Dave Caroline, not convinced of the linked world prophesies yet
Uniqueness, I agree, is an aspiration rather than a reality. If we are
doing well, any of those systems will
- not conflate two entities into the same identifier
- not have multiple identiifers for a single entity
That's the intended "unique" -- rather than "one identifier to rule them
However, I believe that ISNI is bridging between these various sources --
certainly including LC and VIAF , and also ORCID .
The thing is, the semantic web doesn't require a single identifier. We can
assert that ELM's various identifiers all identify the same entity -- and
*that*, in my mind, is a step forward.
Anyway, to get back to ELM's question: are libraries using these
 From http://orcid.org/content/what-relationship-between-isni-and-orcid
"ORCID identifiers utilize a format compliant with the ISNI ISO standard.
ISNI has reserved a block of identifiers for use by ORCID, so there will be
no overlaps in assignments."